• Country Notes

    Kazakhstan: Kazakh PM proposes to fully transfer public procurement in EAEU to e-format by 2021 end

    31 Jan 20: Prime Minister Askar Mamin attended the meetings of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council in narrow and extended formats, where he put forward a number of initiatives to address pressing issues of economic integration in the EAEU, according to primeminister.kz. Askar Mamin focused on the need for accelerated approval of amendments to the Procedure for removing barriers initiated by the Kazakh side, which will accelerate the process of considering appeals up to three months.

    Ukraine: UkrInform: ProZorro procurement system receives international award

    31 Jan 20: Ukraine’s ProZorro public e-procurement system has received an international award from Apolitical, a global learning platform for government. The Ukrainian system won the award in the category Doing More with Less, according to the Apolitical website. The online public procurement platform was established in 2015. As of early 2020, it helped save $100 billion at auctions.

    Turkey: Thresholds in Public Procurement Law of Turkey Increased

    30 Jan 20: The monetary limits and threshold values are determined in Article 8 of the Public Procurement Law No. 4734 and updated in accordance with the annual rate of change values published by the Turkey Statistical Institute (“TSI”). All transactions of the procurement process such as public procurement announcement dates and rules, domestic bidder advantage and rules of qualification are shaped according to the range of the approximate cost amount corresponding to the threshold values and monetary limits table.

    Indonesia: New Regulation On SOE Procurement: Redefining SOE Subsidiary And SOE-Affiliated Company

    29 Jan 20: After the issuance of Presidential Regulation No. 16 of 2018 on Public Procurement of Goods and Services ("Presidential Regulation No. 16"), the public procurement landscape in Indonesia underwent another change when the government issued the Minister of State-owned Enterprise Regulation No. PER-08/MBU/12/2019 on Guideline for Procurement of Goods and Services by State-Owned Enterprise ("SOE") ("New Regulation"). The New Regulation supersedes the entire previous regulation on the same subject ("Previous Regulation").

    Brazil: Reformist Brazil: government procurement contracts will be open to foreign companies

    28 Jan 20: Brazil’s government is changing the rules to give foreign companies an equal shot at winning government contracts, the Economy Ministry said on Monday. Economy Minister Paulo Guedes has pledged to fight corruption and open up one of the world’s most protected countries to foreign business and the overseas investment necessary to modernize Brazil’s crumbling infrastructure. The new rules will mark a bold change in how foreign companies can operate in a country that has been plagued by corruption.

    U.S.A: Procurement data reporting headed for beta.SAM.gov next

    27 Jan 20: The General Services Administration will transition the Federal Procurement Data System’s reports function to beta.SAM.gov starting Feb. 1, 2020. FPDS tracks all federal contracts whose estimated value is $10,000 or more. The system is one of 10 procurement systems that GSA is migrating into one Integrated Award Environment on beta.SAM.gov. FPDS reports users will use a new tool, MicroStrategy, to create and manage their procurement data reports, once the transition to beta.SAM.gov’s Data Bank is completed by March 16, 2020.

    India: JK admin directs all departments to register with GeM portal for procurement

    27 Jan 20: Set to bring in transparency and weed out corruption in procurement, Jammu and Kashmir administration has directed all the departments, organizations and autonomous bodies to register with Government e-Marketplace (GeM). These entities of Jammu and Kashmir administration have been mostly procuring goods and services through local markets and marketing bidding. All administrative departments are directed at that government organization, including autonomous bodies, …

    Trinidad and Tobago: Imbert stands by govt-to-govt terms for procurement

    25 Jan 20: Finance Minister Colm Imbert on Thursday submitted the procurement regulations and changes to the Public Procurement Act to Cabinet for approval since receiving them on September 2, last year. It will be on the Parliament's agenda next month, and hopefully by March, will be enacted into law. Attempting to clarify a Newsday report that noted the length of time the regulations had been with the minister, Imbert said his ministry was up until December in communication…

    U.S.A: Labor Department Set to Streamline Procurement Services

    24 Jan 20: The Labor Department is consolidating its procurement services into one office this quarter, after making headway streamlining human resources and information technology support, the department’s No. 2 official said on Friday. This is part of a push from the Trump administration for more shared services, where one office provides administrative support for multiple agencies within a department or across government.

    Ivory Coast: Enactment of the new Ivorian Public Procurement Code

    24 Jan 20: Ordinance No. 2019-679 of 24 July 2019 establishing the Public Procurement Code has been published, on 11 December 2019, in Côte d'Ivoire's Official Journal. This text transposes the directives of the West African Economic and Monetary Union, which organize the framework of public procurement in this geographical area, as it introduces a number of novelties to the institutional and procedural aspects regarding public procurement in Ivory Coast.

    Maldives: New procurement policy to be established for obtaining energy-based equipment

    23 Jan 20: Ministry of Environment has commenced efforts to establish a procurement policy based on 'Life cycle costing' for obtaining energy-based equipment. The project was kicked off by Environment Minister of Environment Dr. Hussain Rasheed Hassan at a ceremony held Wednesday at Champa Central Hotel in capital Male'. Speaking at the workshop, Minister Hussain Rasheed noted that adopting such a policy would greatly benefit the country and its citizens.

    Serbia: New Serbian law eases participation in public procurement

    23 Jan 20: As a result of the Public Procurement Act (PPA) that became effective in the New Year, life should be easier for economic operators taking part in public procurement procedures. Instead of collecting and filing numerous documents to prove that they have fulfilled the bid’s qualitative criteria, the new act allows operators to submit a Statement of Fulfilment of the Qualification Requirements as preliminary evidence. Supporting documents will only be required if they are selected as the preferred bidder.

    Brazil: Brazil announces it will adhere to the International Agreement on Government Procurement

    23 Jan 20: Brazil’s Ministry of Economy, Paulo Guedes, announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos that Brazil will adhere to the plurilateral Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA). The GPA regulates the procurement of goods and services by the public authorities of the parties to the agreement, based on the principles of openness, transparency, and non-discrimination between national and foreign companies. The plurilateral agreement is an important mechanism for ..

    Jamaica: Government prioritizing 20 percent of procurement spend for small businesses

    16 Jan 20: The Government says it is placing priority on ensuring that Jamaica's small businesses will benefit from 20 percent share of the Government's procurement spend this year. Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Floyd Green, who made the disclosure, noted that the process started late last year and will be increased this year. For a very long time, our small businesses have advocated that the government should use some of the resources that it puts into procurement to help drive and grow small businesses.

    The Bahamas: IDB to host ‘Procurement Fair’ for private sector

    14 Jan 20: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) plans to connect local businesses with government ministries in its first Procurement Fair on Friday. Local businesses will meet with officials from various ministries overseeing IDB Funded projects, according to a press release. While the Procurement Fair will feature Government ministries, the IDB will highlight its significant $292 million portfolios of approved loans for projects with the Government of The Bahamas.

    Australia: NSW govt streamlines IT procurement for small, low-risk orders

    10 Jan 20: The New South Wales government has streamlined its contracting framework for smaller and low risk IT procurement. The framework — called the Core& Agreement — has been updated to Core& Contracts, contract templates used for the procurement of IT and digital solutions that are considered low risk and involve expenditure of up to $500,000. The contracts come in two variants, namely Core& One and Core& Combined.

    India: 3-day Capacity Building Programme on GFR, E-procurement, GeM concludes

    05 Jan 20: The deliberations of the three-day training program on Capacity Building conducted by Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) in collaboration with National Institute for Financial Management (NIFM), National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) and Institute of Management, Public Administration and Rural Development (IMPARD) concluded here today with Government e-Marketplace (GeM) remaining focus of speakers on day three.

    India: MSMEs propose small tenders as they seek bigger slice of public procurement pie

    29 Dec 19: Seeking a bigger slice of public procurement pie, the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) sector has proposed small-ticket tenders so that they could participate in bidding. In its budget suggestions, Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME) has said that smaller firms are getting elbowed out from public procurement as orders are generally bundled up making their size very large.

    Egypt: Egypt Eyes eInvoicing To Modernize Public Procurement

    23 Dec 19: Egypt is readying an electronic invoicing mandate for consumers to pay their taxes, an initiative that reports said will eventually expand to standardize invoicing in government procurement processes. Egypt’s finance minister, Mohamed Maait, is capitalizing on the high penetration of smartphones in Egypt to implement eInvoice standards for the nation’s tax operations. Today, the tax system processes approximately 9 million invoices, according to Maait, who spoke during the Ahram Economic Conference last weekend.

    U.K: New EU procurement thresholds

    20 Dec 19: New thresholds for regulated contracts will come into effect on 1 January 2020. The new euro thresholds are a slight decrease on the current thresholds (which apply until the end of 2019). The new thresholds are set out below and will apply until 31 December 2021. he threshold applying to public contracts for social and other specific services listed in Annex XIV of Directive 2014/24/EU (commonly referred to as “light-touch” services) is unchanged and remains at €750,000 (the current sterling equivalent is £663,540).

    Saudi Arabia : Legislation heralds greater procurement options for Saudi Arabia

    15 Dec 19: The new Government Tenders & Procurement Law (New GTPL) was published in the Official Gazette of Saudi Arabia on 1 August 2019, applicable to Saudi government projects from 1 December 2019. The New GTPL anticipates that a set of implementing regulations shall come into force on the same date as the New GTPL. At the time of writing, these implementing regulations are still to be circulated. The implementing regulations will contain further details which shall guide the practical application of the New GTPL. The New GTPL certainly anticipates a more ..

    India: Govt negotiates reasonable procurement prices for expensive medical devices

    15 Dec 19: In a bid to make healthcare delivery more cost-effective under Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY), the government is negotiating lower procurement prices of medical devices and implants with the industry through Government e-Marketplace (GeM). The government is in conversation with the industry to ease out prices so that the PMJAY scheme can prove to be cost-effective for the government and more beneficial for the patients.

    India: Govt purchases from MSMEs exceed minimum procurement limit

    02 Dec 19: Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSE) has exceeded the minimum procurement threshold of 25 percent goods and services from micro and small enterprises (MSE) under Public Procurement Policy. Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSE) have exceeded the minimum procurement threshold of 25 percent goods and services from micro and small enterprises (MSE) under Public Procurement Policy till November 27 in the current fiscal year, according to the data provided by MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari in Rajya Sabha …

    Kenya: Treasury moves to streamline procurement documentation in ministries

    28 Nov 19: The National Treasury plans to streamline and consolidate procurement and asset disposal documents in government. A draft policy is now being formulated to deal with the poor filing and documentation of public finance records According to acting National Treasury cabinet secretary Ukur Yatani, poor record management in public procurement entities has led to inaccurate and incomplete documents. This he said has posed a challenge to audit public procurement and asset disposal creating room for corruption..

    U.K: New Public Procurement thresholds 2020/2021

    27 Nov 19: The European Commission published the updated procurement thresholds for 2020/2021 on the 31st of October 2019. There is still much uncertainty about what will happen next with a confirmed Brexit delay until 31st of January. Much will depend of the results of the upcoming election on the 12th of December 2019.  For now, United Kingdom remains a part of European Union and the new thresholds will therefore apply from 1st of January 2020.

    China: China to advance centralized medicine procurement

    27 Nov 19: China has pledged to continue to advance a trial program on centralized medicine procurement and use to ensure patients' access to high-quality medicine at lower prices. Fifteen new measures have been adopted at an executive meeting of the State Council to tackle bottlenecks in the implementation of the trial program, said Wang Hesheng, deputy head of the National Health Commission, at a press conference Wednesday.

    India: C1 India to support government of Goa to automate the entire procurement process

    27 Nov 19: C1 India, a leading e-Procurement company, today announced that Government of Goa, via Info Tech Corporation of Goa Limited (ITG) has selected C1 to provide an e-Procurement platform for electronic Tendering and Auctions (Forward and Reverse). ITG selected C1 India’s e-Procurement solution with an objective to augment their existing procurement process with end-to-end payment gateway integration to collect and refund EMD monies. This will produce efficiencies by reducing errors, making processes faster and by leading to cashless payments.

    Australia: SMEs are winning more federal procurement contracts than ever before

    27 Nov 19: The value of federal government contracts going to small and medium enterprises has increased by almost 30%. Government procurement targets aim for at least 10% of all contracts by value to be sourced from SMEs, with 35% of all contracts having a value of up to $20 million. But recent procurement data shows 25.9% of all contracts for goods and services were supplied by SMEs in 2018-19, an increase of 18.2% from the previous year. Meanwhile, this year 41.9% of contracts valued up to $20 million were awarded to SMEs, up 39.8% from last year.

    Australia: DFAT to trial new procurement method

    22 Nov 19: The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will be trialing a new method of procurement over the next year, encouraging suppliers to respond to an expression of interest to help develop requests for services before they go to the market. The new process was announced Thursday at the Big Meet, the fourth annual DFAT aid supplier event, in Canberra. The event is a forum for DFAT to collaborate, engage, and network with current and future suppliers to the aid program, with the aim of finding the best solutions to support its work in lower-income countries.

    Thailand: Thai Government to use blockchain for VAT refunds, bonds, procurement

    22 Nov 19: Thailand’s Ministry of Finance announced three blockchain projects spearheaded by four agencies and in co-operation with Krung Thai Bank. The ministry has signed agreements to develop the initiatives and boost efficiency through the digitalization of processes. The first project is for issuing value-added tax (VAT) refunds for tourists.  The second project is for government procurement of goods. The ministry is using blockchain for guarantees, to reduce collateral checks of entrepreneurs and boost the economy.

    U.S.A: Connecticut launches ‘problem-based’ procurement for digital government

    21 Nov 19: Inflexible and outmoded procurement processes in state government often discourage competition and can lead to the purchase of suboptimal solutions. In an attempt to reverse this trend, Connecticut has launched its first “problem-based” procurement, state Chief Information Officer Mark Raymond recently told StateScoop. We’ve launched our first digital government procurement and it was problem-based approach …

    China: China to promote centralized medicine procurement, use to ease patients’ burden

    20 Nov 19: China will improve its mechanism for centralized medicine procurement and use in a steady and orderly manner as part of its efforts to deepen healthcare reform and provide better medical services to the people, the State Council decided at its executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday. The Chinese government is highly committed to the healthcare reform. Premier Li has demanded unrelenting efforts to advance the pilot centralized medicine procurement and use program so as to significantly ease the financial burden on patients.

    Malta: Amendments to Malta Public Procurement Laws on Applications for Pre-Contractual Remedies

    15 Nov 19: The Public Procurement Regulations (Subsidiary Legislation 174.014 of the Laws of Malta) were amended (by means of L.N. 301 of 2019) to require that any application filed by an interested economic operator to challenge any aspect of a procurement procedure before its closing deadline must be accompanied by the payment of a forfeitable deposit. This application, also referred to as an application for a pre-contractual remedy, could have been previously filed without the payment of any such deposit.

    India: Government to open up national procurement portal to private companies for bulk buying

    07 Nov 19: The government plans to open up the national online procurement portal Government e-Marketplace (GeM) to government contractors and private entities but only for bulk buying.  Officials said the government plans to expand the mandate of the GeM to include these two categories. Currently, GeM allows only government departments and public sector units to buy from the portal. “The Cabinet’s approval is needed this expansion. The final decision has not happened. A draft cabinet note is being made,” said one official. 

    U.S.A: Oregon to Launch Statewide Procurement Marketplace in 2020

    07 Nov 19: The state of Oregon has contracted with Periscope Holdings, a developer of e-procurement systems based in Austin, Texas, to create a new statewide procurement platform, OregonBuys, set to launch in 2020. Based on the company’s BuySpeed e-procurement system, OregonBuys will standardize the procurement process across all state agencies, automate some of the associated tasks, and track and manage government purchases of goods and services.

    Nine African countries agree to begin journey towards pooled procurement to increase their access to affordable life-saving vaccines

    07 Nov 19: Nine middle-income countries in Africa have agreed to work towards pooled procurement mechanisms by first sharing vital information on their vaccine purchasing practices, including the prices they pay and their suppliers. Sharing information and ultimately pooling their orders will better leverage their individual purchasing power and thus strengthen their vaccine security and increase their access to affordable life-saving vaccines. Their commitment on 1 November to improve in-country and cross-border processes was made following a three-day ..

    Australia: Commonwealth adopts new procurement payment policy, encourages states to do the same

    07 Nov 19: Commonwealth government agencies will soon be expected to pay e-Invoices to suppliers within five days, or else pay interest on late payments. Starting from January 1, the new payment policy will apply to agencies that deliver and receive invoices electronically with suppliers, for contracts worth up to $1 million. However, the current maximum 20-day payment term for instances where e‑Invoicing is not used will still be valid. The Department of Finance and Services Australia will be the first Commonwealth agencies to accept e-Invoices, with other agencies following …

    Jamaica: All MSMEs Can Benefit from New Public Procurement Regime

    03 Nov 19: All micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), regardless of the industry, will be able to benefit from the Government’s new public procurement regime, which came into force on April 1. This assurance comes from Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., who noted that there is no restriction to any particular type of MSME. The new regime, the revised Public Procurement Act, seeks to regulate the procurement of goods, works and services by entities of Government.

    Government awards procurement agreement for construction

    01 Nov 19: Public sector bodies across the industry will for the first time be able to utilize a government-led construction agreement, as the government awarded a major new procurement agreement to Crown Commercial Service (CCS). All public sector bodies are now able to utilize the CCS Construction Works and Associated Services framework to identify and find companies to help with the construction of new public sector buildings – including schools, hospitals, office buildings, universities, prisons and houses.

    Kenya: KETRACO launches paperless procurement process

    31 Oct 19: In a bid to improve its operations and in compliance with the presidential directive and government requirements, Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO) has digitized its procurement processes via an e-procurement platform powered by SAP Ariba Cloud. This second phase of an end-to-end automation of tendering, supplier management and contracts process will see tenders and quotations submitted and processed online for efficiency, accountability, and transparency.

    Georgia: Governments Find Savings and Efficiencies via E-Procurement

    30 Oct 19: State and local governments are increasingly adopting electronic procurement solutions to buy information technology products and services. As e-procurement implementation becomes widespread, it is changing the way agencies acquire IT resources. Some state and local governments use their traditional enterprise resource planning systems to integrate purchasing across their organizational structure.

    Zambia: Close procurement loopholes, Lungu directs finance minister

    30 Oct 19: President Edgar Lungu has directed Minister of Finance Bwalya Ng’andu to revisit and ensure an overhaul of the government procurement process to prevent inflated prices. The President says there is a need to tighten the procurement process in Government and set benchmarks.

    India: BSE initiates talks to offer e-platform for MSP procurement

    29 Oct 19: BSE has initiated talks with various States and government agencies involved in the execution of Minimum Support Price (MSP) for procuring agriculture commodities through its trading platform. Ashishkumar Chauhan, Managing Director, and CEO,  BSE told BusinessLine that the exchange is in discussion with Maharashtra and few other State Governments on the benefits of using the exchange's commodity platform to buy agriculture products from farmers under the …

    India: MNRE Amends Bidding Guidelines for Procurement of Solar Power

    28 Oct 19: The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued amendments to its guidelines for the tariff-based competitive bidding process for the procurement of power from grid-connected solar PV power projects. The said guidelines which were first introduced in August 2017, have since been amended three times. In June 2018, January 2019, and then again in July 2019. The latest amendments come just 3 months after the latest changes that were made in July.

    Philippines: Reforms in procurement law eyed

    28 Oct 19: The Government Procurement Policy Board-Technical Support Office (GPPB-TSO) is eyeing amendments to the Government Procurement Reform Act, including the introduction of a new term for the award of contracts, to ensure that the government would get the best value for its money. GPPB-TSO Executive Director V Atty Rowena Candice M. Ruiz said that during the last Cabinet meeting, President Duterte expressed support for GPPB’s proposal to adopt the change in the term “lowest calculated and responsive bid” to “most advantageous bid.”

    India: DTC Tenders for Procurement of 300 Electric Buses

    28 Oct 19: DTC has tendered for the selection of bus operators for the procurement and operation of 300 electric buses under the FAME-II Scheme. The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has floated a tender, inviting bids from eligible bidders for the selection of bus operators for the procurement and operation of 300 air-conditioned electric buses on PPP (BOOT) basis under the FAME-II Scheme.

    Mongolia: State Procurement Office to be established in Mongolia

    28 Oct 19: The Parliament of Mongolia on October 25 supported to establish state procurement office and approved a resolution on amendments to resolution appendix submitted by the government, Montsame reports. The procurement office was closed down in line with the government’s resolution in July 2016 and this decision is considered as disruption of the structure of the independent specialized organization in charge of large nationwide and regional procurement activities.

    Guyana: Procurement body debars 13 companies, persons from gov’t contracts

    26 Oct 19: In a historic move, 13 companies and persons have been debarred for varying periods by the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) from getting government contracts, including the Chinese company presently executing the East Coast Demerara road expansion project. The development follows the approval of long-awaited debarment regulations earlier this year as the PPC ramps up preparations for oversight of the spending of revenues from the oil and gas sector.

    U.S.A: New York City previews future of new procurement portal

    25 Oct 19: The Procurement and Sourcing Solutions Portal is already live and in the process of streamlining the procurement process online. New York City’s new online procurement system, the Procurement and Sourcing Solutions Portal – or PASSPort – is already live and in the process of moving much of the nitty-gritty work of business with the city of New York online. But at City & State’s Government Procurement Conference on Thursday, Dan Symon, director of the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services, previewed what’s still to come for the system, including a way for anyone to track business opportunities with the city.

    Virgin Island: Property and Procurement Streamlines Contract Process With Electronic Processing

    24 Oct 19: The Virgin Islands Department of Property and Procurement has begun implementing the Government of the Virgin Islands’ new electronic contract processing system, according to a press release from the Office of the Governor. Beginning Nov. 1, all government contractors will be required to utilize the user-friendly electronic system to submit contracts to the Department of Property and Procurement, according to Property and Procurement Commissioner Anthony Thomas.

    U.S.A: New York sets the seal on the biggest offshore wind procurement in the US

    24 Oct 19: The New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) has set the seal on contracts with Equinor and Orsted-Eversource joint venture Sunrise Wind for almost 1.7GW of offshore wind power, the largest procurement from the sector so far in the US. The deals, for 816MW from Equinor via its Empire Wind project and 880MW from the eponymous Sunrise Wind development in the Atlantic Ocean, are the first slice of New York’s goal to have 9GW of offshore wind in place by 2035 , and a major step toward meeting the state’s 70% renewables mandate for the end of this decade.

    China: China submits revised offer for joining Government Procurement Agreement

    24 Oct 19: On 23 October 2019, the WTO announced that at an informal meeting of the WTO’s Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) Committee, China introduced to the parties to the GPA its sixth revised market access offer in the context of its negotiations to join the GPA. The revised offer was circulated to GPA parties on 21 October. Chairman Carlos Vanderloo of Canada called this “a very significant development” and the parties also welcomed China’s revised offer while saying they needed more time to review it. The announcement said: The GPA is a plurilateral agreement — potentially open to all WTO members but binding only the parties to the Agreement.

    Canada: Ontario government moving more services online, changing procurement process

    23 Oct 19: Ontario will move more government services online, redesign the way it makes bulk purchases, and sell off office space and land as part of its efforts to rein in a multibillion-dollar deficit, the province’s treasury board president said Wednesday. Peter Bethlenfalvy unveiled the “Smart Initiative” strategy during a speech in downtown Toronto, stressing that the province — with a projected $10.3-billion deficit this year –must build a system that is modern and fiscally sustainable.

    Jamaica: Jamaica: House approves special procurement incentives for MSMEs

    22 Oct 19: Jamaica's micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) are being given new incentives to compete for Government business and promote local production. The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed the Public Procurement (Domestic Margin of Preference) Order and the Public Procurement (Set-Asides) Order resolutions, giving local MSMEs a 20 percent domestic preference edge in terms of their bids for contracts, and set-asides for those companies using more than 35 percent Jamaican content.

    Sri Lanka: New Sri Lanka govt procurement rules to ban contractors for corruption

    21 Oct 19: Sri Lanka has issued mandatory guidelines for government procurement aimed at ensuring value for money that includes penalties for corrupt practices such as contractors being barred from future procurements. The guidelines published by the National Procurement Commission are for the procurement of goods, works, services and information systems and selection and employment of consultants by government institutions. They aim to establish governing principles and procedures to ensure ‘Value for Money’ in an efficient, transparent and competitive procurement process by government institutions.

    Sri Lanka: Fresh Govt. procurement guidelines to Cabinet shortly

    22 Oct 19: A fresh set of guidelines for the procurement of goods and services, work, consultancy services, and information systems by Government institutions will be submitted to Parliament within the next three months after they were finalized following observations made by the Finance Ministry, official sources said. Two review committees from the ministry had made observations, following Procurement Guidelines 2019 being published in the Gazette last week. Then the long-delayed guidelines are to be presented to Cabinet shortly before they are presented to Parliament for approval.

    Ireland: Government takes steps to promote ‘green’ procurement

    21 Oct 19: The State is to change how it buys goods and services in a bid to drive more environmentally-friendly practices. All government contracts will soon have a climate change element, according to a circular published on Monday. More than €12 billion is invested by the State every year. The move on green public procurement (GPP) is on foot of commitments in the Government’s Climate Action Plan published this year. It requires every public body to have a climate mandate, including the use of public procurement, to deliver change.

    India: E-procurement by Andhra Pradesh from 2020

    10 Oct 19: The new procurement policy of the Andhra Pradesh government is coming into force from January 2020, according to a press release. Under the new system, all tenders related to purchase and services will be on the e-procurement portal. All Government Departments will implement it. Every year the State government spends ₹15,000 crore for the purchases and services in all the departments.

    Saudi Arabia: Saudi’s New Procurement Law

    02 Oct 19: The much anticipated new Government Tenders and Procurement Law (‘GTPL’) was approved by the Council of Ministers on 16 July 2019. It replaces the previous law issued in 2006. The Implementing Regulations (which are referred to in the new law over 60 times) are expected to follow in the next two months. A great deal of detail will be concentrated in those regulations so a complete view of the new regime will only be possible once they are in circulation. The new Law is expected to come into force in late November 2019.

    U.K: UK government to test AI procurement guidelines

    01 Oct 19: The UK will be the first government to test a new set of artificial intelligence (AI) procurement guidelines, which have been developed by global public-private cooperation body the World Economic Forum (WEF).   AI Procurement Guidelines for Governments sets out the requirements civil servants should address before acquiring and deploying AI software and services; provides questions they should ask companies about their products, and how they use and process data, and makes recommendations for the implementation of AI.

    Procurement Management Software Market 2019: Global Size, Growth Factors, Top Leaders, Opportunities, Emerging Technologies and Regional Forecast to 2024

    30 Sep 19: Procurement management software is a computer program that automates materials purchasing and maintaining inventory. It essentially does several jobs at once while maintaining accuracy in all. Just a few of its responsibilities include generating purchase orders, implementing the process of ordering, matching invoices to delivered materials, and making payment for the bills electronically. Procurement management software can help automate the entire requisition and procurement process, compare proposals, track vendor performance, reduce un-managed spend, …

    U K: Innovative supplier selection is the key to government procurement success

    30 Sep 19: The government has improved its procurement processes for SMEs and acknowledges the importance of small suppliers, but there are important steps that still need to be taken. The Cabinet Office’s SME Panel advocates and supports government working better with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across every sector and every region in the UK. The panel works with the Cabinet Office and the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) to lower unfair barriers to entry for SMEs that wish to access government and public sector contracts.

    U K: Office of AI publishes procurement guidelines

    30 Sep 19: Public sector organizations have been urged to define the benefits of using AI and forming a strategy for technology before beginning a procurement. The Government’s Officer for Artificial Intelligence has highlighted the factors in draft guidelines for the public sector in procuring AI. They include advice now familiar in the public sector digital field to look beyond the solutions on offer to the outcomes desired and to take the ethical factors into account.

    Australia: NSW launches procurement program for local councils and businesses

    30 Sep 19: A new pilot program initiated by the NSW government hopes to help small businesses win work from their local council. The local procurement program has been designed to “cut red tape and simplify the tender process” for small businesses and councils. Minister for Small Business Damien Tudehope said the six-month pilot would be a great opportunity for small businesses to tender for local government work. “NSW Councils spend significant funds on goods and services each year but many small businesses couldn’t compete with larger competitors for contracts,” he said.

    U.S.A: New procurement rules for US roads will boost innovation

    30 Sep 19: The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in the US has repealed a 103-year-old federal procurement rule. According to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association(ARTBA), this should spur deployment of new technologies to help save lives, minimize congestion and improve the performance of the nation’s highways, The FHWA rescinded 23 CFR 635.411 (commonly known as the “proprietary products rule”), a federal regulation that prohibits state …

    UN Women, others advocate equality in procurement contracts

    29 Sep 19: Women have called for gender balance in the award of contracts for procurement as part of efforts to promote equal market opportunities for businessmen and women. They made the call at a private sector meeting on “Affirmative Procurement in Nigeria” organized by the United Nations Women, Procter & Gamble, and Afrigrants Resources in Lagos for high-level decision-makers and leaders from Nigeria’s private sector, including business-oriented platforms, and policymakers. The meeting deliberated on the opportunities and challenges of mainstreaming affirmative procurement into Nigeria’s private sector.

    Tanzania: Minister Issues Ultimatum On E-Procurement

    29 Sep 19: Finance and Planning Minister Philip Mpango have directed heads of public institutions, which are yet to join in the Tanzania National e-Procurement System (TANePS) to do so before December 31. Dr. Mpango warned that those institutions that will fail to join in the system will be forced to vacate their offices. He made the remarks shortly after receiving the 2018/2019 public procurement report on Friday evening. Handing over the report Public Procurement Regulatory Authority chairman Matern Lumbanga revealed that only 303 out of 540 public entities (equivalent to 56 percent) are currently using TANePS.

    India: Govt revises norms for procurement of IT equipment in schools

    29 Sep 19: Kerala Government released revised guidelines for procurement and deployment of IT equipment for schools and offices under General Education Departments, using government funds including MPs, MLAs, and LSGs, an official statement said on Sunday. The revised order details on the maximum price, minimum specification and the service conditions to be strictly adhered to in deploying IT equipment to schools, Kerala Infrastructure, and Technology for education …

    New Zealand: welcomes Government Construction Procurement Guideline

    29 Sep 19: NZIOB welcomes Government Construction Procurement Guidelines. The New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB) has welcomed the announcement of the second edition of the Government Construction Procurement Guidelines released earlier today by the Minister for Building and Construction, Hon Jenny Salesa, and the Minister for Economic Development, Hon Phil Twyford. The NZIOB says the new Construction Procurement Guidelines mark a very positive shift in the way government agencies evaluate design consultants and contractors, who are bidding for government building work.

    Ghana: Procurement experts honored at 2019 GHAPSCA

    24 Sep 19: Leading Experts from the Procurement and Supply Chain industry were rewarded at the second edition of the Ghana Procurement and Supply Chain Awards (GHAPSCA 2019) which took place at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra.
    A total of sixty-six (66) awards were presented to organizations and individuals for their exceptional contributions to the procurement and supply chain industry. GHAPSCA 2019 hosted the best of the best of the procurement and supply chain sectors across Ghana to an evening of celebration and networking.

    Afghanistan: President Ghani Defends National Procurement Authority

    22 Sep 19: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday defended the performance and integrity of the National Procurement Authority (NPA) days after the US State Department announced that Washington was withdrawing about $100 million earmarked for an Afghan energy project, and would withhold another $60 million in planned assistance, because of corruption. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo specifically cited the NPA and its “lack of transparency.”

    Australia: NSW scraps ‘technical standards’ criteria in procurement shake-up

    19 Sep 19: The NSW Government is to abolish its technical standards procurement categories as part of an effort to “simplify” the supply process. As of 1 October, the Procurement Technical Standards (PTx), which enforces additional application requirements for specific sub-categories, will be merged into other scheme categories. Specifically, the PTx is broken down into sub-parts that request partners in certain categories to gain further accreditation, demonstrate implementation experience or have participated in the NSW agency’s market engagement.

    Lithuania: Road Administration announces new procurement for Saaremaa air link

    16 Sep 19: The Road Administration has announced a new public procurement for a carrier to operate the subsidized Tallinn-Kuressaare-Tallinn air link from April 1, 2020, through May 30, 2024. The estimated value of the contract has been set at €16.8 million. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 14, it appears from the contract notice. The Road Administration declared the previous procurement for the same contract void in early June.

    Estonia: Estonian experts help create international security procurement network

    10 Sep 19: The Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) and the University of Tartu will take part in an international project to help establish a joint procurement network for internal security products and services. The project, called iProcureNet, started in May and is funded by the European Commission. The network makes it possible for public agencies from different countries to carry out cross-border joint procurement.

    African Development Bank wins prestigious procurement award

    09 Sep 19: The African Development Bank (http://www.AfDB.org) has been recognized for procurement excellence by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), the world’s largest professional body for procurement and supply management professionals, with offices all over the world including Africa. The Bank was awarded a silver award at an advanced standard level following the CIPS Procurement Excellence Programme for having successfully developed its corporate procurement processes from an operational focus to managerial and strategic, building performance, capability, and value.

    China: China’s 2018 government procurement up 11.7 pct

    08 Sep 19: China's government procurement went up 11.7 percent year on year to 3.59 trillion yuan (about 507 billion U.S. dollars) in 2018, official data showed. The figure is equivalent to 10.5 percent of the country's fiscal expenditures, or 4 percent of GDP, according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF). The growth of the procurement scale slowed down compared with the 24.8-percent rise in 2017. Procurement of goods, projects, and services accounted for 22.5 percent, 43.8 percent, and 33.7 percent, respectively.

    India: Panel reviewing procurement policy framework to come out with new versions of DPP, DPM by March 2020

    05 Sep 19: A high-level committee set up by the government to review the existing policy framework on military procurement to ensure seamless flow in acquisition and maintenance of assets will come out with fresh norms by March next year, a senior defence ministry official said on Thursday. Apurva Chandra, Director General (Acquisition) in the Defence Ministry, addressing the inaugural session of an international conference here, said, while the last iteration of the Defence Procurement Procedure..

    UK: NHS launches new cloud procurement framework

    05 Sep 19: The NHS, through its Shared Business Services (SBS) arm, has launched a new procurement framework that provides the entire public sector with a simple and legally compliant way to purchase cloud solutions. The Cloud Solutions Framework is comprised of 24 suppliers and will be available to the NHS, local authorities, police, educational establishments, and any other public sector organization.

    India: J&K announces implementation of e-procurement policy, issues guidelines

    05 Sep 19: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Wednesday issued several guidelines to the administrative secretaries while announcing the implementation of e-procurement policy. The instructions, issued by the Finance department, however, said in individual cases where national security and strategic consideration demands confidentiality, departments may exempt such cases from e-procurement after seeking approval of the competent authority with concurrence of the department.

    UK: NHS Shared Business Services sets ‘simplified’ public sector cloud procurement framework live

    04 Sep 19: Twenty-four suppliers selected to populate the cloud procurement framework, which is geared towards simplifying the purchasing of off-premise services for public sector organizations…

    India: Government e-Marketplace working on a series of steps to strengthen public procurement portal

    01 Sep 19: Public procurement portal GeM is working on a series of steps including a mechanism for timely payment to vendors and rating buyers and sellers to promote its growth, a senior government official said.  The Commerce Ministry launched Government e-Marketplace (GeM), an online platform for public procurement, in August 2016 with the objective of creating an open and transparent procurement platform for government, which runs in several lakh crore. "We are working on several things like ens .. 

    U.K: Government to roll out £5m pan-NHS procurement platform over next three years

    31 Aug 19: The department has published a contract notice seeking a software supplier that can provide a “single eCommercial system” for use across the DHSC and its national arm’s-length bodies and owned companies. This includes NHS England, NHS Improvement, NHS Digital, and NHS Property Services as well as the Care Quality Commission, and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. Once the system is live, it will also be open for use by all individual NHS trusts and any other organizations that are part of the government “healthy family”.

    Nigeria: Lagos begins implementation of e-tendering, e-bidding, others September 1

    30 Aug 19: The General Manager of the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency ( PPA ), Fatai Onafowote, has disclosed that the agency would commence the  implementation of e-Tendering, e-Publishing/Notification, e-Bidding and e-Award  modules of  e-Procurement Solution with effect from September 1, 2019. Onafowote further stated that the implementation of the four new e-Procurement Solution Modules would, however, commence with three pilot Ministries in the State- Health, Education and Works and Infrastructure on September 1 while the Modules would be implemented in other Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the State in the first quarter of 2020.

    Saudi Arabia: New procurement law a remarkable feat of legal re-engineering

    30 Aug 19: Earlier this month, the Saudi Council of Ministers issued a resolution approving the new Government Tendering and Procurement Law (GTPL). The government is counting on the GTPL to solve many of the financial and technical deficiencies which existed under previous legislation. The law is expected to help in achieving fiscal balance by enhancing the effectiveness of financial planning in the government’s procurement and tendering process, improving resource management, and elevating government procurement procedures.

    U.S.A: New Report Reveals 5 Trends Reshaping Government Procurement

    27 Aug 19: National survey of state procurement officials finds states are moving toward a more modern approach to buying. States are becoming more data-driven and value-focused in their purchasing. Those are just two of several findings in the Governing Institute’s newly released 2019 procurement survey, 5 Trends That Are Reshaping How Governments Buy, which highlights some of the biggest emerging trends, issues and innovative best practices in state contracts and purchasing. The report examines purchasing policies and practices in 29 states, weighing factors such as contract management and effective implementation of technology.

    Jamaica: Performance Criteria for Contractors to Be Introduced in Public Procurement Process

    27 Aug 19: Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says he has mandated the new procurement authority to develop a policy outline to introduce performance management contracting in the procurement process. He said the introduction of this accountability mechanism will serve to improve how contractors work. “We know of several contractors who have work they don’t finish; they don’t complete it on time, but yet they come back into the process. So there must be a way within the procurement process in which the past performances of contractors feature in the ability to get future work,” he said.

    Liberia: Public Procurement Concession Commission Boss Wants Public Procurement Training Impacts Assessed

    27 Aug 19: The Chief Executive Officer of Public Procurement and Concessions Commission, Atty. Jargbe Roseline Nagbe Kowo, says the Commission would endeavor to develop a comprehensive directory/database to track the impacts of CIPS training program in Liberia. She said such initiative will also provide analysis to determine the achievements and challenges of CIPS program since its inception in Liberia.

    Sierra Leone: New NPPA Chief Saves U.S.$70 Million in Procurement Frailties

    27 Aug 19: The Chief Executive Officer of the National Procurement Authority (NPPA) has told newsmen at their median press conference that since he took office at the authority a year ago, he had saved the Government of Sierra Leone $70 million in procurement frailties. Whilst addressing journalists and procurement practitioners at Lotto head office on Friday, Ibrahim Brima Swarray said the status of the authority in the previous administration did not in any way resemble that of a regulatory authority of a public sector.

    U.S.A: Queensland raises the stakes on ethical procurement

    22 Aug 19: Queensland Government entities and suppliers have new obligations under the Queensland Procurement Policy with the introduction of the Ethical Supplier Threshold and Ethical Supplier Mandate.  The Queensland Procurement Policy (QPP) was recently amended to introduce the Ethical Supplier Threshold and the Ethical Supplier Mandate. The Threshold and the Mandate are targeted towards ensuring that Queensland Government suppliers comply with laws relating to the payment of employee entitlements and the use of independent contractors, unpaid interns and labour hire arrangements.

    India: Government looking at expanding scope of public procurement portal ‘GeM’

    21 Aug 19: The portal was launched in August 2016 for online purchases of goods and services by all the central government ministries and departments as well as states. The government is considering to widen the ambit of its procurement portal GeM by permitting government contractors and private bulk buyers to use the platform for buying goods and services, an official said. Currently, they are not allowed to procure goods and services from the Government e-marketplace (GeM) platform managed by the Commerce and Industry Ministry.

    Australia: SA government agrees to cut red tape and improve local procurement

    13 Aug 19: The South Australian government has responded to the final report of the SA Productivity Commission’s stage one inquiry into government procurement, promising to back local businesses in government tenders. Treasurer Rob Lucas said the government has begun implementing recommendations by reviewing aggregated contracts to identify where procurements can be broken into smaller contracts.

    Philippines: DepEd to review procurement guidelines

    09 Aug 19: The Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday said it will review its guidelines regarding the procurement of educational materials to remedy the delays in the delivery of such materials to various schools in the country. "The DepEd management assured that they will revisit the existing DepEd guidelines on the procurement of instructional materials and will evaluate the controls on buffer stocks," Education Undersecretary Anne Sevilla said in a message to the media.

    U.K: Scottish government launches new cloud procurement framework

    07 Aug 19: The Scottish government has published a new cloud procurement framework with 14 providers approved to bid for contracts estimated to be worth £30m. The cloud procurement framework is part of the Scottish government’s efforts to give access to the public sector organizations and charities operating in the region to IT resources that are hosted locally, are sustainable, and offered by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

    Australia: Govt weighs new green procurement targets

    31 Jul 19: The federal government is planning new green procurement targets for all levels of government to boost the circular economy. The proposed shake-up, which would require local and state governments to purchase a portion of recycled materials in public works, has been welcomed by councils and the waste management sector. Assistant Waste Reduction Minister Trevor Evans told Government News that the federal government will consult with state and territory ministers later this year at the Ninth Meeting of Environment Ministers to set a new procurement target.

    Jamaica: Edu Min implements stricter monitoring measures for procurement

    31 Jul 19: Stricter monitoring measures have been implemented at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, in relation to resource management and procurement. Minister with responsibility for Education Karl Samuda made the announcement today while giving his contribution to the sectoral debate. The enforced measures come in the wake of a damming report from the Auditor General, regarding breach of procurement guidelines, in the awarding of contracts, some to the Caribbean Maritime University, for school construction, maintenance and repairs.

    China: China to further guarantee fairness in government procurement

    31 Jul 19: China will fully clean up rules and acts hindering fair competition in its government procurement sector, so as to build an open and orderly market system, the finance ministry said. All regions and departments should apply strict review for fair competition and further enhance the transparency of government procurement, according to a circular issued Tuesday by the Ministry of Finance. The circular, in a bid to optimize the business environment, urged relevant departments to abide by the government procurement law and ensure the rights of all market entities.

    India: Under Public Procurement Policy, SC/ ST owned Public Limited Co should have at least 51% share held by SC/ ST Entrepreneurs at any given point of time

    30 Jul 19: The Public Procurement Division of DC Office of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (DC-MSME) has said that according to the definition of SC/ ST owned Public Limited Companies, at least 51 percent share shall be held by SC/ ST Entrepreneurs at any given point of time. In an office memorandum, DC MSME said, “In continuation to press release dated June 25, 2013, the definition of SC/ST owned Public Limited Companies, at least 51 % share shall be held by SC/ST entrepreneurs at any given point of time.”

    NIC unveils framework to help guide better decision-making on future procurement

    29 Jul 19: The procurement of infrastructure projects risks being constrained by lack of evidence on long-term investment outcomes and could have strategic implications for the UK’s ability to meet growing demand for infrastructure services and its net zero emissions targets, according to a new report by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC). The NIC says the lack of a strong evidence base on infrastructure procurements has led to the focus on a single measure of performance, usually short-run cost. As a result, it claims that future procurement decisions risk being made on the basis of opinion and judgment, limiting the scope for lessons to be learned to improve future practice.

    India: Cabinet gives nod to draft legislation of Punjab Transparency in Public Procurement Act

    30 Jul. 19: Punjab cabinet led by Chief Minister, CaptAmarinder Singh, on Tuesday stamped its approval on new Bills relating to procurement, the amendment to the state civil services rules and postings in veterinary hospitals in the state, as well as Punjab Sports University and Excise Act Amendment Ordinances. The cabinet approved the draft of ‘The Punjab Transparency in Public Procurement Act’ 2019 to ensure efficiency, economy, and transparency besides providing fair and equitable treatment to bidders in order to promote healthy competition and put in place..

    Africa: Central African nations adopt new public procurement code

    29 Jul 19: Ministers of the Steering Committee for the Institutional Reform of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) have adopted a new Community public procurement code. This new governance instrument, which contributes to the revision of the ECCAS Financial Regulation, aims to regulate the procurement process in the regional bloc and institutions of the sub-region. It will also strengthen the fiscal principles necessary for good financial governance, and provide States with new sub-regional regulatory instruments that will strengthen integration,…

    Bahrain: Bahrain to test AI procurement

    29 Jul 19: Bahrain will be a testbed for new guidelines on the procurement of artificial intelligence in the public sector in partnership with the UK. The guidelines produced by the World Economic Forum aim to tap the huge potential of AI to streamline and transform service delivery for governments. The WEF teamed up the UK government to design and assess the guidelines, which Bahrain will pilot and provide feedback on. The announcement was made by the WEF and Bahrain’s Economic Development Board – the public agency tasked with attracting investment to the kingdom – at the WEF Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, China.

    India: Ministry of Power Amends Competitive Bidding Guidelines for Wind Procurement

    25 Jul 19: The Ministry of Power (MoP) has amended the competitive bidding guidelines for the procurement of power from grid-connected wind energy projects. This is the first time that these competitive bidding guidelines for wind have been amended since their formulation in December 2017. The MoP has specified identifying 100% of the land at the time of bid submission and submission of documents to establish the possession should be made on or before the scheduled commissioning date (SCD).R

    Canada: Government helping create network to address procurement barrier in Canadian health-tech

    29 July 19: CAN Health Network, a $20 million proposed project that aims to help health tech companies to commercialize their technologies, has received an initial $7 million investment from the federal government. Through the network, startups and small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be able to work with early adopter institutions to research and develop medical technologies to prepare them for going to market. The project will be spearheaded by Dante Morra, chief of staff of Trillium Health Partners and Deepak Kaura, chief medical officer of 1QBit …

    EU: Commission issues guidance on the participation of third-country bidders in the EU procurement market

    24 Jul 19: Today's guidance is part of a package of Commission initiatives to ensure fair competition, high quality and a level playing field in public procurement markets. It is also the first deliverable of the 10 actions set out in the Communication on EU-China relations and supported by the European Council in its March 2019 conclusions. The EU has an open procurement market, the largest in the world with a value estimated at €2 trillion yearly. In increasingly global markets, public buyers in the EU need to be equipped with the right tools and knowledge to deal with bidders from countries outside of the EU.

    Jamaica: Direct and emergency procurement used for a significant number of school-related contracts

    24 Jul 19: The Auditor General’s Department has found that contracts totaling $1.3 billion were issued for construction, repairs and maintenance of schools using direct and emergency procurement during the period of its review, 2013/14 to 2017/18. This was more than a third of the total sum of $3.5 billion dollars spent on such contracts. The Auditor-General reviewed 306 contracts for the review period. The Ministry of Education explained that direct contracting was the result of extreme urgency, brought about by unforeseen events,

    U.S.A: Maryland rolls out new e-procurement service

    23 Jul 19: Maryland's new e-procurement system for business between vendors, the state and local governments have gone live. The state's Department of General Services (DGS) announced Monday that its new procurement technology is now available. The new system, titled eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA), was brought about by a 2016 effort led by Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford to modernize the state's procurement system. The DGS teamed up with procurement services firm Nitor to implement the new system. Procurement for the state was first moved to the internet in 2000.

    U.S.A: New USAID procurement strategy targets increased work with religious groups

    18 Jul 19: The U.S. Agency for International Development’s new procurement strategy will help facilitate work with faith-based organizations in conflict and fragile settings, the agency’s Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick said Wednesday. USAID’s New Partnerships Initiative “is designed to lower the barriers to be eligible to receive our funding,” she said. “I don’t mean only faith-based organizations, of course, as a federal agency, our job is to find whoever is best qualified to get the job done. But it’s no secret that very often faith-based groups best fit that description.”

    India: India To Save $ 381 Million Through Sustainable Ethanol Procurement System

    17 Jul 19: India could save $ 381 million and ensure a consistent supply of ethanol while developing the indigenous industry, says the latest report by UPES and PLR. It emphasizes meeting the ethanol blending mandates along with the development of 2G production. The report suggests that India needs to follow international trends very closely for a robust ethanol ecosystem, which will facilitate substantial foreign exchange savings from reduced dependence on crude as well as increased octane savings.  Mr. Suhaan Mukerji, Founding Partner, PLR Chambers, highlighting the benefits accrued to the Philippines by the implementation of a 2-tier ethanol procurement policy commented, “A consistent supply of ethanol while developing the indigenous industry,…

    Namibia: Govt reflects on procurement law

    17 Jul 19: Finance minister Calle Schlettwein says policymakers reflected on the effectiveness of the public procurement law and its institutional arrangements. Schlettwein was speaking at the one-day Public Procurement Act workshop for ministers and executive directors, held in Windhoek on Monday.“It is a sanctioned platform to provide policy guidance and recommendations on the immediate and long-term solutions to the identified shortcomings in the implementation of the public procurement law,” he said.

    Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia approves new government tendering and procurement law

    17 Jul 19: Saudi Arabia approved a law on government tendering and procurement procedures aimed at improving transparency, competition and fairness in order to streamline its budget, the finance ministry said.  The new law regulating the way the government issues bids and procures goods or services is an "important measure" as part of the kingdom's Vision 2030, the Ministry of Finance said on its website on Tuesday. It will help the government balance its fiscal position by improving the efficiency of financial planning and managing resources. "The law will enhance integrity and competition by preventing the impact of personal interests, thereby protecting public funds,"…

    Australia: SMEs awarded $500 million through digital procurement platform

    12 Jul 19: More than $500 million in digital services contracts have been awarded through the Digital Marketplace, according to the Australian Government. This reaches a “significant milestone” as part of the government’s ICT procurement transformation efforts. Minister for Government Services Stuart Robert says the Digital Marketplace — a platform that allows businesses to access government contracts — is one of the most successful examples of digital transformation and drives innovation.

    Namibia: PM disturbed by the absence of internal procurement committees at public entities

    16 Jul 19: While applauding those public entities that have implemented internal procurement committees, as required by the Procurement Act, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila yesterday said she was disturbed by reports that some public entities do not have internal organizational structures in place; and that some did not submit their annual procurement plans to the Procurement Policy Unit in the Ministry of Finance.  The PM was addressing a workshop in Windhoek for ministers and executive directors on the Public Procurement Act. The workshop was attended by cabinet ministers, deputy ministers, and senior government officials.

    India: Govt. gives nod for procurement of 1,650 low-floor buses

    11 Jul 19: The Delhi Cabinet has given its nod for the procurement of 1,650 low-floor buses by the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) Ltd., said Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday. The government is now moving ahead with the procurement of 4,000 buses that will arrive by mid-2020 with a tender for 1,000 electric buses scheduled to open in August and their arrival expected to begin from January next year, he said, adding that the entire batch of new buses is expected to be on the roads by April next year.

    U.S.A: USDA to Amend Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement

    08 Jul 19: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Procurement and Property Management published a final rule on July 5, 2019, that will amend the Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement (Guidelines) to add 30 sections designating the product categories within which biobased products would be afforded procurement preference by federal agencies and their contractors. These 30 product categories contain finished products that are made, in large part, from intermediate ingredients that have been designated for federal procurement preference. Additionally, USDA is ...

    India: Government supports local suppliers for public procurement orders

    11 July 19: The central government plans to ease eligibility criteria for participation in tenders for public procurement to promote local manufacturing and domestic suppliers by dropping conditions such as minimum Rs 1,000-crore turnover and export experience to G8 countries.  To promote local manufacturing under Make in India, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has issued an order to various central agencies asking them to ensure their tenders don’t include conditions

    U.K: NHS building G-Cloud-like procurement network

    09 Jul 19: The National Health Service is building a procurement framework for IT services that should be available to the entire organization and should mimic what Google built for the Central Government with G-Cloud. NHS CIO Will Smart says this is just the beginning and that more procurement frameworks are in the works. He also said that this will allow the institution to strike better deals, but also allow local organizations to offer better services.

    Bangladesh: Prioritising e-government procurement for vision 2021 and beyond

    08 Jul 19: Transparency, fair competition, and accountability are three defining features of an efficient public procurement system. Until 2011, the Bangladesh procurement process was paper-based and plagued by corruption and malpractices. Short bidding periods, nondisclosure of the selection criteria, pre-tender negotiation with bidders were some of the defining features of guiding Bangladesh’s public procurement activities. Although the World Bank recommended introducing e-Government Procurement (e-GP) system in 2002, it was not until the current government’s Digital Bangladesh agenda that gave fresh impetus for the use and adoption of technology in public procurement.

    Nigeria: Senate to review Public Procurement Act – Lawan

    30 June 19: The President of the Senate, Sen. Ahmad Lawan on Monday said the nation’s public procurement procedures was short of world best practices, saying the Act will receive holistic overhaul. Lawan also frowned at the contract performances across board saying “From stage of bidding to mobilisation, costing of any government contracts must be uniform in order to avoid imbalances and embarrassment in the processes.” He said this when he played host to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF),Mr Boss Mustapha ,who led seven other Federal Permanent Secretaries to his office.

    Jamaica: Senate Approves Public Procurement Regulations

    29 June 19: The Senate, on Friday (June 28), approved the Public Procurement (Registration and Classification of Suppliers) Regulations, 2019. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., who piloted the Regulations, said that they are critical to the operationalisation of the reformed public procurement landscape. He said the measures will fully enable the Public Procurement Commission to fulfil its functions of registering and classifying suppliers; …

    Australia: New financial year 2019-2020: Procurement

    28 June 19: On 5 April 2019, the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced that Australia has ratified the WTO's Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA), becoming the 48th member to join the GPA which became effective on 5 May 2019. By ratifying the GPA, Australia will be provided with numerous opportunities such as access to new government procurement markets. Notably, all Australian businesses, no matter their size will have access to the nation state members which currently sits at 47 members. The Agreement aims to recognise "the need for an effective multilateral framework for government procurement, ..

    India: 24 train sets planned for procurement from Japan for bullet train project: Piyush Goyal

    28 June 19: Twenty-four train sets have been planned for procurement from Japan for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed project, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said on Friday. Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Piyush Goyal said the estimated total cost of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail project, including the cost of rolling stock, is Rs 1,08,000 crore, out of which 81 per cent price will be funded through the loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The project is targeted to be completed by 2023.

    India: UP seeks to double govt e-marketplace procurement to Rs 5,000 cr in FY20

    28 June 19: The state, which is among the top buyers on the e-marketplace, signs MoU with SBI to set up payment gateway and GeM manage pool account. Uttar Pradesh government is targetting gross merchandise value (GMV) of almost Rs 5,000 crore on GeM (Government e-Marketplace) platform during the current fiscal. This would be a growth of nearly 100 per cent over the GMV clocked by UP last year, of nearly Rs 2,500 crore. A central government initiative, GeM is an end-to-end ..

    U.K: Latest no-deal medicines freight procurement entrusted to health department

    27 June 19: The Department for Health and Social Care has said it will draw up new arrangements to transport medicines and other time-sensitive goods from the EU in the event of a no-deal exit from the bloc. And as DHSC announced its plans to procure an “express freight service”, the Department for Transport said it was putting in place a “freight capacity framework agreement” that other ministries could use to secure services where needed.

    Australia: Government Signs AWS Procurement Deal

    27 June 19: The Australian Government has signed an extensive procurement deal with Amazon Web Services. Australian Federal, State, and Territory agencies and departments, as well as public universities and government agencies will now have access to AWS through a “simplified procurement model”. The Government said the deal will mean cheaper and easier access to Amazon’s cloud services, professional services and enterprise support through the whole-of-government deal.

    U.K: UK Statement to the Committee on Government Procurement

    26 June 19: The UK addressed the Committee, congratulating Australia's accession to the GPA and was pleased that the Committee agreed to extend the period for submission for the UK. On behalf of the United Kingdom, I would like to express our gratitude for the constructive discussions that we have had, during the course of the last month, with all GPA Parties. In particular, we are appreciative of their understanding of the need for the two elements within the draft Decision which has been adopted today.

    U.S.A: California regulators propose 2 GW new peak capacity to address reliability concerns

    26 June 19: California regulators have launched a "procurement track" to address potential reliability questions between 2019 and 2024, including whether there are sufficient resources to meet the state's peak system reliability needs. On June 20, the California Public Utilities Commission issued a commissioner's ruling that recommends load serving entities (LSE) procure 2 GW of new peak capacity statewide, to come online by Aug. 1, 2021.

    U.K: A procurement vision for DHS

    25 June 19: Soraya Correa, chief procurement officer for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), shares her vision for DHS procurement, highlighting DHS’s strategic investments in acquisition workforce training and development as critical to delivering best value mission support across the department. Correa also outlines DHS’s strategy for leveraging pre-existing contract vehicles including the use of IT GWACs, Schedules and OASIS to  complement and support DHS procurement programs. Supporting innovation and risk-taking is a hallmark of Correa’s leadership.

    U.S.A: Acquisition Reform Efforts Include Data, Workforce Modernization

    25 June 19: Improvements in the acquisition process are making way in category management, shared services and innovation, at the Office of Management and Budget, said Lesley Field, Deputy Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Office at GovernmentCIO Media & Research’s latest CXO Tech Forum June 20. The office’s leading acquisition official detailed how the agency has been approaching acquisition reform and how it will ensure the workforce is trained to keep up. Part of that effort is with category management, where contract managers across agencies buy things commonly, Field said.

    U.S.A: Foreign Sourcing in Government Procurement

    24 June 19: Governments around the world spend trillions of dollars to purchase goods and services—and some of those purchases are made from foreign firms. The U.S. and key trade partners have signed pacts like the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement and NAFTA to open their government purchasing to international competition. Among governments we reviewed, 2–19% of their procurement was from foreign sources.In 2015, the U.S. likely procured over twice as much from key trade partners as those countries did from U.S. firms—an estimated $5 billion vs. $2 billion in contracts. Canada and Mexico awarded most of the foreign contracts that U.S. firms won.

    Estonia: Economic Affairs Ministry orders procurement of new trains

    20 June 19: Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Taavi Aas (Centre) announced on Thursday that he has given state-owned train operator Elron the order to draw up procurement documents for the purchase of four new trains, with an option to buy two more. Aas said in a press release on Thursday that this is the first step towards expanding Elron's rolling stock. The company as well as the government recently faced criticism because of serious capacity bottlenecks on Elon's lines.

    Jamaica: Education Ministry reviews procurement

    18 June 19: Minister without Portfolio Karl Samuda has completed a review of  the operations of the operations of the Ministry of Education. Mr. Samuda has been overseeing the ministry since the sacking of Ruel Reid earlier this year. He told RJR News that weaknesses relating to procurement and general administration have been addressed. He disclosed that he has held meetings in most of the ministry's regions as part of the review process and will report on developments in the ministry during his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Parliament.

    Jamaica: Public Procurement Regulations Approved By the House

    13 June 19: The House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 11) approved the Public Procurement (Registration and Classification of Suppliers) Regulations, 2019. Piloted by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, the Regulations are critical to the operationalisation of the reformed public procurement landscape. In his address, Dr. Clarke said the Regulations will fully enable the Public Procurement Commission to fulfil its functions of registering and classifying suppliers; of continuously assessing suppliers for capacity and performance; and establishing and managing activities of sector committees, among other functions.

    Philadelphia: Philadelphia to revise procurement polices to support minority-owned businesses

    11 June 19: Philadelphia will step up its efforts to support minority- and women-led businesses as part of its participation in City Accelerator, a program that advises cities on devising policies that improve conditions for low-income communities. Philadelphia officials have spent more than a decade promoting inclusive procurement as part of the city’s strategies to address its stubborn racial inequality and poverty rates, which are nearly twice as high for black and Hispanic residents as they are for white residents.

    Thailand: Thailand reforms procurement for startups

    11 June 19: The 100-strong National Innovation Agency of Thailand may be small, but it is determined. It has big ambitions to build a thriving startup ecosystem, and its next move is to transform government procurement, making it easier for startups to pitch and sell to agencies. “We are trying to have another model so that the solutions of startups can be used within the government sector,” Theresa Mathawaphan, Chief Strategy Officer of the National Innovation Agency (NIA), tells GovInsider.

    Zimbabwe: Public procurement modernisation programme bears fruit

    31 May 19: Zimbabwe’s Public Procurement Modernisation Programme has yielded a number of positive results, Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ) chairperson Vimbai Nyemba has said. She was speaking at the launch of PRAZ in the capital yesterday. The reforms were necessitated by the requirement to realign procurement laws with provisions of Section 315 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, and were informed by a Country Fiduciary Integrated Assessment that produced a Country Procurement Assessment Report, which was funded by the World Bank.

    Turkey: Turkey’s procurement of S-400 goes as planned: Ministry

    31 May 2019: Turkey on May 31 denied reports claiming Ankara is considering delay in procurement of Russian S-400 missile defense systems on U.S. demands. “Reports of some media organs in recent days which say Turkey considers delaying S-400procurement on U.S. demand are baseless,” Hami Aksoy, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, said. “Our procurement process of S-400 from Russia is ongoing as planned,” Aksoy added.

    Korea: Eximbank supports SMEs’ entry into global procurement market

    29 May 19: The Export-Import Bank of Korea (Eximbank) held a meeting with local institutions to help small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) find business opportunities in the global procurement market. Six institutions took part in the meeting, held May 8 at the bank, to share information on the results of overseas business feasibility studies and discuss how to support small firms in an efficient manner. The institutions were the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), International Contractors Association of Korea, Korea Engineering and Consulting Association, Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute

    Liberia: Public Procrement Commission Conducts Training for Procuring Entities

    29 May 19: The Public Procurement and Concessions commissions(PPCC) concluded a two-day training on Tuesday, May 28 at the Monrovia City Hall for procuring entities, enlightening them on various procurement compliance issues. Giving the welcome remarks and opening statement of the training, the head of the PPCC Attorney Jargbe Roseline Nagbe Kowo, appreciated the continued support and efforts by its partners including the government of Liberia and its sponsor the United Nations Development Program(UNDP) for its many constructive initiatives.

    Republic of Namibia: Local procurement directive to support emerging economic recovery

    28 May 19: Windhoek – Late last week, the Minister of Finance, Calle Schlettwein, issued an economy-wide procurement directive on the reservation of procurement of goods, services and works to local suppliers in terms of Section 73 of the Public Procurement Act. The measure directs public entities to source specific categories of goods, services and works produced or manufactured locally and to the extent such goods, services and works are available locally, before procuring these from somewhere else.

    New Zealand: Marketplace shift re-designs government ICT services procurement

    28 May 19: A massive market engagement which could change the face of ICT services procurement in New Zealand is nearing its conclusion. The Department of Internal Affairs has for months been engaging with services providers and agency service users to specify new categories of systems integration and managed services to be available through the department's new procurement marketplace. Chris Webb, GM commercial strategy and delivery told Reseller News 135 individuals  …..

    U.S.A: California Assembly Approves Nation’s First Deforestation-Free Public Procurement Bill

    28 May 19: The California Assembly voted to approve the nation's first bill designed to require that public purchasing be free of rainforest destruction and associated biodiversity and human rights impacts. The California Deforestation-Free Procurement Act, AB572, would require all companies contracting with California in the provision of products potentially linked to tropical forest destruction to demonstrate "deforestation-free" supply chains. The primary products affected will be those derived from "forest-risk commodities" including palm oil, soy, cattle, rubber, paper/pulp, and timber.

    Botswana: Botswana cancels 100 MW PV tender, plans new procurement exercise for June

    27 May 19: The cancelled tender was seeking investors for the construction of two 50 MW PV plants, as part of a joint venture with local utility BPC. The new tender will focus on independent power producers. State-owned electric utility Botswana Power Corp. (BPC) has cancelled a tender for 100 MW of solar capacity it launched in May 2017. In a statement, the company said the project — which was originally structured to consist of two 50 MW facilities, as part of a joint venture with potential private investors..

    Bangladesh: Food Ministry asked to formulate procurement policy that benefits farmers

    27 May 19: There seems to be no end in sight to the woes of farmers over low paddy prices. Neither the government nor traders and millers have gone for any big purchase drives. Though the government has fixed a Tk1,040 support price for each maund (40 kgs) of paddy, farmers across the rice-growing zones in the country are still reporting market prices as low as Tk600.  According to Food Ministry statistics in the first one month of public food grain procurement drives, the government bought less …

    Liberia: PPCC Conducts Public Procurement Workshop for Public Officials

    27 May 19: The Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC) says it will conduct of a six-day procurement compliance workshop to convey the importance of adherence to the Public Procurement and Concessions Act (PPCA) by public officials and procuring entities. The workshop starts on Monday, May 27 and ends on June 4, 2019. It will be held at the Monrovia City Hall. Funded by the UNDP office in Liberia, the workshop will be held on the theme, “Collaborating to Ensure PPCA’s Compliance to Enhance National Development.”

    Zimbabwe: ED To Launch Procurement Board To Enhance Transparency

    27 May 19: President Emmerson will on  Wednesday officially launch the State Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ) as government moves to sanitize the public procurement process. PRAZ board came into existence last year replacing the State Procurement Board (SPB). This meant that the awarding of tenders will now be done by accounting officers in various State departments and companies, with the PRAZ only playing a supervisory and monitoring role to ensure government entities comply with the new Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act..

    U.S.A: Procurement transparency up for debate

    26 May 19: The final three sentences of the staff report on proposed changes to the city’s procurement code, on how contracts are awarded, lays it all out for city councilors. “The City presumes that the public has a right to know how the public’s money is being spent,” it says. “However, the public’s money is not being spent before the Council accepts or rejects recommendations for an award. Thus, the policy question is whether the public benefit of accessing proposals sooner outweighs the potential detriments to the City of less competitive offers, increased cost to the City, and the administrative cost in defending potential protests.”

    Vietnam: Sustainable procurement to benefit human health and the environment

    25 May 19: Việt Nam will be the first country in South East Asia to implement the Sustainable Health in Procurement Project (SHiPP), UNDP Việt Nam Resident Representative Caitlin Wiesen announced on Friday. The project is a joint effort implemented by UNDP and Healthcare without Harm (HCWH) with the financial support from Swedish International Development Agency in ten countries from 2018 to 2021. Despite its crucial role in ensuring people’s wellbeing, the healthcare sector can still have negative impacts on human health and the environment.

    Ukraine: CEC asking to amend public procurement law

    25 May 19: The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Ukraine has addressed the Ukrainian president, the Verkhovna Rada, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine with a resolution seeking to adopt the amendments to the law of Ukraine on public procurement to hold parliamentary elections, the press service of the CEC has reported. “To ensure proper organization of the preparation and holding of early elections of people’s deputies of Ukraine, on July 21, 2019, the Commission addressed the President of Ukraine,…

    Amended public procurement regulation may lead to summary termination of contracts

    20 May 19: A large number of contracts of the ongoing development projects run the risk of being terminated following the government’s recent amendment to the public procurement regulations stating that no contract may be extended beyond half of the original period. A study by the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority of the various contracts related to seven ministries found that as many as 1,848 projects worth Rs118 billion are incomplete and past their deadlines.

    Malaysia: Malaysia joins global race to reform procurement

    16 May 19: There is a global race to reform procurement. Governments are finally starting to bust open the old ways of buying, allowing a new generation of startups to win deals. A new report this week sets out the urgency, noting that procurement has favoured “insiders and incumbents”, while “ smaller and more agile organisations struggle to sell to governments”. With US$9.5 trillion spent on global public procurement each year, change is vital. Malaysia is one of the nations joining the race.

    New Zealand: Winners of this year’s Procurement Excellence Awards named

    10 May 19: The Ministry of Health last night scooped the top award at the annual New Zealand Procurement Excellence Awards. The Awards, hosted at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Auckland, are in their fourth year running and were established to lift the standards of the country's procurement profession to improve long-term social, commercial and environmental success. The Most Effective Teaming Project of the Year Award went to the Ministry of Health's national air ambulance team for their project which created the national Air Ambulance Service. This award was added this year.

    Zimbabwe: New rules for procurement officers

    08 May 19: Procurement officers in Government ministries, State entities and local authorities are now required to make an undertaking before carrying out their duties as President Mnangagwa’s administration intensifies efforts to stamp out corruption for the attainment of Vision 2030. Officials in constitutional commissions involved in procurement are also expected to uphold the integrity of public procurement by signing the written promise. All procurement officers, according to the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ), should have made the undertaking by May 31.

    Italy: Italy Launches Public e-Procurement in IT and Digital Public Administration

    08 May 19: Italy launched a new Agid three-year Plan with public e-procurement in a key position of Information Technology and digital Public Administration (PA). Among the new measures mentioned in the Plan for innovation of public services, there is the shift towards the adoption of emerging technologies, like artificial intelligence and the Blockchain technology. Nevertheless, to avoid possible negative impacts of innovation, appropriate regulatory framework and training programs have to be created.

    U.S.A: USAID takes broader view of local procurement

    07 May 19: Officials who have been involved in multiple efforts to improve the U.S. Agency for International Development’s contracting and grant-making processes say they are trying to learn from past experiences — and past mistakes. As USAID undergoes a broad restructuring under Administrator Mark Green, the agency is hoping to build on earlier attempts to direct more resources through local organizations. The previous administration’s “local solutions” agenda set a top-line target for local spending — 30% — which it then struggled to achieve…

    Ethiopia: Ethiopia announces procurement for 500 MW of solar

    06 May 19: Developers have until May 29 to register for the first stage of the process to procure four solar projects. With work under way on the second round of the IFC’s Scaling Solar program in the nation, 12 bidders have been identified to compete for the two projects previously offered under the initiative. Ethiopia has fired the starting gun on a pre-qualification process to identify developers for 500 MW of solar capacity.

    Ghana: E-procurement can save Ghana $100m yearly — World Bank

    03 May 19: The Country Director of the World Bank, Mr Henry Kerali, says Ghana can save more than $100 million, an equivalent of two per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) annually for introducing the e-procurement system. He said the e-procurement system would not only improve efficiency in public procurement but also reduce the cost of transactions to service providers. Mr Kerali was speaking at the launch of the Ghana Electronic Procurement System (GHANEPS) last Tuesday in Accra on the theme: “Rising to a New Dawn in Public Procurement”.

    U.K: Transport for Wales nominated for National Procurement Awards

    01 May 19: Transport for Wales is celebrating nominations for two UK National GO Awards for the innovative procurement process for the Wales and Borders rail service. The prestigious annual GO Awards showcase the innovations, initiatives and advancements that make the UK a world leader in smart and effective public procurement. TfW, along with colleagues at Infrastructure Advisory UK Ltd, Steer, Mott McDonald, ChandlerKBS, Grant Thornton, Blake Morgan and Burges Salmon, have received nominations in two categories..

    Ghana: Ghana becomes the first West African country to roll out e-procurement for the public sector

    01 May 19: This development is expected to save the government up to US$100 million annually. This is because some experts have argued that procurement breaches make up about 90% of corruption cases in the country. The government has therefore launched a digital platform for the tendering processes for service providers who wish to do business with public institutions. This will ensure transparency and also make service delivery better in the public sector.

    Nigeria: BPP tasks Permanent Secretaries on transparency, procurement reforms

    30 Apr 19: The Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) Director-General, Mamman Ahmadu has charged Permanent Secretaries and other stakeholders in the procurement process to ensure transparency and accountability in carrying out their responsibilities. Speaking at the 9th Annual Public Procurement Retreat for Federal Permanent Secretaries, held in Lagos at the weekend, the BPP boss said   the timing of the exercise is apt, adding that the consistency of the forum has improved Public Procurement process, and led to better public funds expenditure pattern and budget implementation in the country.

    Guyana: Health ministry’s procurement at second level of five-tier system

    30 Apr 19: A study of the Ministry of Public Health’s procurement system by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) specialists has determined that it is at the second level of maturity in a five-tier system. This was revealed at a press conference yesterday by Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Collette Adams. The five-tier supply chain maturity system ranges from the Canvas level, which is the lowest, to Bronze, then Silver, then Gold and then Accredited.

    Nigeria: Women should participate in public procurement- Onyebuchi

    30 Apr 19: The program director and convener Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC) Miss. Ifeoma Onyebuchi has called for more women to participate in public procurement in order to break the cultural barriers disengaging women in economic development of the country. She stated this at a one day workshop on women participation in public procurement recently in Abuja.  “Women aren’t disadvantaged but limited, therefore compulsory laws should be made for women to participate on such platforms,” she said.

    Nigeria: ‘State Governments Afraid To Enact Procurement Act

    30 Apr 19: The executive secretary of the Public Complaints Commission, Alhaji Bala Mohammed Abdul has said that the fear of being jailed under the public procurement act has made some state governors to shun the legislation in their respective states. According to him, as a result of the absence of the act in many states, which prohibits such practices as over invoicing of government contracts and other related purchases, corruption has continued to thrive unhindered in the public sector at the detriment of the states and their peoples.

    Ghana: Bawumia launches new Ghana Electronic Procurement System

    30 Apr 19: Vice president Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has today April 30, launched a new Electronic Public Procurement portal as part of efforts to fight corruption. The project is expected to enhance transparency in the public procurement process, provide a common platform for use by public institutions in public procurement and public financial management, as well as enhance competition by facilitating increased participation of service providers for government contracts.

    U.S.A: Gov’t enhancing procurement legislation

    30 Apr 19: Amid allegations that a senior public officer accepted a bribe in exchange for prejudicially awarding a government contract, the Office of the Deputy Governor has reported that government is moving to improve the territory’s procurement legislation.  “The Ministry of Finance is at an advanced stage in producing enhanced procurement legislation, which is currently under consideration by Cabinet,” Permanent Secretary in the Deputy Governor’s Office, Carolyn Stoutt Igwe told BVI News.

    India: Government plans criteria for social media purchases

    29 Apr 19: The government may soon have a standardised procedure and criteria to hire and pay agencies for uploading its official videos on YouTube and posting its messages on Twitter and Facebook.  At present, most government agencies have their social media handles managed by third parties, and these contracts vary due to lack of uniform criteria and purchase procedures. “We are evolving benchmarks for buying social media services like making movie clips and posting them on various social media platforms. These are at a preliminary stage, “an official aware of the development told ET.

    Malta: Transparent public procurement

    25 Apr 19: An administration that prides itself on being business-friendly should never act in a way that raises suspicion it uses taxpayers’ money to favour non-compliant bidders in a public procurement process. No amount of last-minute “clarifications” by the Contracts Department can blow away the whiff of irregular practices in what should be a transparent process that guarantees the best value-for-money for taxpayers. A controversial call for tenders by the Department of Contracts last December for a multi-million-euro cleaning contract at St Vincent de Paul Residence in Luqa was suspended amid objections by bidders on a number of issues.

    Indonesia: Jokowi urges ministers to increase capital expenditure, cut goods procurement

    23 Apr 19: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has instructed his Cabinet ministers to increase capital expenditure and to cut spending on goods procurement in the 2020 state budget. Speaking in a plenary Cabinet meeting held at Bogor Palace in West Java on Tuesday to discuss the indicative maximum budget for 2020, Jokowi urged the ministers to increase capital expenditure in their respective ministries. “The point that I would like to stress is that capital expenditure needs to be increased. 

    Bhutan: Government to strengthen public procurement system

    23 Apr 19: The government is considering the drafting of the public procurement bill and the establishment of public procurement authority to strengthen procurement function in the country. At the sixth South Asia Region Public Procurement Conference (SARPPC) in Thimphu yesterday, Finance Minister Namgay Tshering said that most countries in the region had strong legal framework such as procurement laws/acts.

    Australia: New procurement rules empower companies to challenge government agencies

    23 Apr 19: Companies now have more options to challenge Commonwealth procurement decisions in the Federal Court following legislation that came into force over the Easter long weekend. Procurement officers still go about their work as usual, following the Commonwealth Procurement Rules, but now if prospective suppliers suspect public servants have breached them, or intend to, they can freeze the process. They could also take the agency to court and claim compensation for the cost of writing up their tender and making the complaint, if their concerns are found to be valid.

    U.S.A: Colorado senate passes bill to study disparities in procurement contracts

    18 Apr 19: The Colorado state senate voted earlier this week to advance State Bill 19-135, State Procurement Disparity Study, which would require Colorado to conduct a disparity study of how state procurement contracts are awarded to underutilized businesses. The bill has moved on to the Colorado House of Representatives for consideration. The bill directs the department of personnel to contract with an independent entity to study the state’s procurement process and make recommendations to address any discrepancies identified by the study.

    Malaysia: Malaysia Airports digitalises procurement to strengthen governance

    17 Apr 19: Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd is strengthening its procurement governance by digitalising its processes on Lapasar, an e-market place platform, to ensure transparent business processes. Malaysia Airports general manager of procurement Ibrahim Chang Boon Teck said in a statement today that Lapasar will ease Malaysia Airports' procurement processes, as Lapasar is a singular business-to-business online platform. 

    India: UP government to mandate 25% procurement from local small businesses

    16 Apr 19: Taking a cue from the Centre, the Uttar Pradesh government is mulling mandating 25% procurement by state government departments and public sector undertakings (PSU) from the local micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). UP is home to about 4 million MSMEs and the sector is the second largest employer after agriculture. The proposed procurement policy is expected to provide a major boost to the beleaguered sector, which has been weathering tough competition and a general slowdown over the past several years.

    Australia: New rules target procurement black economy

    15 Apr 19: Businesses seeking to tender for Australian government procurement contracts will for the first time have to show proof they have squeaky clean tax credentials under new guidelines designed to increase the integrity of government procurement. From July, businesses tendering for contracts over $4 million will be required to provide a statement from the ATO proving they have a satisfactory tax record, the Treasury guidelines say. “Increasing the integrity of Commonwealth Government procurement processes promotes good tax…

    Ghana: Procurement Authority Orders Health Ministry To Put Botched Snake Serum Deal Back To Tender

    15 Apr 19: A fight over a multimillion-cedi contract for snakebite serum, first reported by the Daily Statesman in January this year, has ended with the Public Procurement Authority ordering that the deal be put back out to tender. A fight over a multimillion-cedi contract for snakebite serum, first reported by the Daily Statesman in January this year, has ended with the Public Procurement Authority ordering that the deal be put back out to tender.

    Australia: Suppliers to benefit from Australian procurement law reform

    15 Apr 19: New laws set to take effect in Australia promise to incentivise better procurement practices among Commonwealth agencies by strengthening the rights of suppliers when challenging defective procurement. The Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Act 2018, due to come into effect on 18 April 2019 at the latest, provides suppliers with access to more effective remedies in cases where Commonwealth procurement rules have been breached by agencies, including access to injunctive relief or compensation.

    India: Govt targets Rs 50,000-crore of public procurement through GeM in FY20

    15 Apr 19: Three years after its inauguration, the government e-marketplace (GeM) has seen the cumulative procurement by the central and state governments reach Rs 24,183 crore at the end of 2018-19. All public sector agencies are mandated to directly purchase common-use goods and services through the online portal. Official estimates by the commerce department show a target of Rs 50,000 crore in 2019-20, ultimately hitting Rs 1 trillion worth of procurements by 2021.

    Zimbabwe: Procurement guidelines for State entities

    11 Apr 19: The Regulations governing public procurement have a bearing on both the Procuring Entity (PE) and on the bidder with the former expected to design the procurement rules which the later should follow. The decentralisation of procurement decision making means that each PE is now responsible for managing its procurement requirements. To this end, it is critical for all PE staff involved in public procurement to have appropriate knowledge and skills to achieve the best outcomes. Competent staff must possess both skills and knowledge about the new law.

    South Africa: Western Cape aims to sharpen up procurement to grow the economy

    10 Apr 19: Procurement is set to play a more strategic role in growing the economy of the Western Cape, the Smart Procurement World conference has heard. “Procurement needs to be recognised and redefined as a strategic activity. Our policy initiatives focus on maximising the economic impact of public procurement in the Western Cape,” Western Cape Treasury chief director of public policy Marcia Korsten told delegates attending the conference, in Cape Town.

    Belgium: EU wants to tackle public procurement ‘imbalance’ with foreign countries

    04 Apr 19: The European Commission has raised concerns about the limited access EU companies get to public markets abroad, proposing measures to tackle the “imbalance”. The issue of “aggressive” foreign takeovers by foreign state-owned companies was raised by Germany last October when Chinese home appliance maker Midea bought German robot maker Kuka and chipmaker Sanan acquired Optoelectronics. In reaction, the German economic ministry proposed lowering the thresholds for controlling mergers at national level …

    Italy: EU’s procurement reform faces uphill struggle

    03 Apr 19: A proposal to introduce stricter criteria for foreign bidders to access Europe’s multi-billion public procurement market remains deadlocked, as a strong majority of member states remain unconvinced about the benefits of the plan. The European Commission, supported by France, are trying to revive a proposal to introduce an International Procurement Instrument with the aim of bolstering EU defences against unfair practices of foreign countries. But national governments still have concerns about the introduction of penalties for companies …..

    U.A.E: Procurement Transformation & Supply Chain Digitalisation at the Department of Culture and Tourism

    03 Apr 19: Waleedi AlSaeedi, Director of Procurement at the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, outlines the vision for procurement transformation and the digitalisation of supply chain .As a government agency, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) is tasked with a major goal: to further the development of Abu Dhabi as a dynamic and fast-evolving global destination of distinction through diverse leisure, business, culture and entertainment experiences for residents and international tourists.

    Ghana: Government saves GHC 1.9bn from fighting procurement ‘fraud’

    02 Apr 19: The President Nana Akufo-Addo’s government has been able to save the state a whopping amount of GHC 1.9 billion due to the tightening of the public procurement space which prevented procurement malpractices. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) A.B. Adjei made this known today, April 2, 2019 when he addressed the media at the Ministry of Information’s Meet the Press Series.

    Canada: Canada’s 4-point government procurement plan might give US a clue

    02 Apr 19: The Canadian government has embarked on a four-point plan to improve procurement of goods and services. Many of the issues will sound familiar to people here in the U.S. concerned with federal procurement. Lorenzo Ieraci, director general of the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises at Public Services and Procurement Canada,…

    Malaysia: 121 infrastructure projects to continue after cost reduction of RM805.99 million

    31 Mar 19: The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government has saved RM805.99 million after re-negotiating 121 infrastructure projects. The 122 infrastructure projects valued at RM13.93 billion were offered through direct negotiations and limited tenders previously by the Barisan Nasional (BN) government. These infrastructure projects exclude mega projects such as the Light Rail Transit 3 (LRT3) project costing RM31.65 billion and the Mass Rapid Transit 2 (MRT2) project costing RM39.35 billion, each was lowered to RM16.63 billion and RM30.53 billion, respectively. The total costs saved from both projects amounted to RM23.84 billion.

    Qatar: QDB kicks off the 4th edition of the Government Procurement and Contracting Conference & Exhibition ‘MOUSHTARAYAT 2019’

    31 Mar 19:  As part of its ongoing efforts to provide a poised platform to grow for Qatari Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), Qatar Development Bank (QDB) flagged off the 4th edition of Government Procurement and Contracting Conference & Exhibition ‘MOUSHTARAYAT 2019’ yesterday, Under the patronage of HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior. The 4th edition of MOUSHTARAYAT’ was inaugurated …

    Ministry to attend procurement conference and exhibition

    31 Mar 19: The Ministry of Culture and Sports will participate in the 2019 Procurement Conference and Exhibition, which will be held today. The Ministry’s participation in the conference and exhibition comes within the framework of its keenness to introduce companies about its needs, tender and to register companies wishing to register within the list of suppliers approved by the ministry, said Issa Al Obaidli, Head of Procurement Department, at the Ministry of Culture and Sports.

    United States: Massachusetts Plans to Complete Second Offshore Wind Procurement by Year-End

    29 Mar 19: The Massachusetts distribution companies have jointly submitted a request for approval of a new request for proposals (RFP) for offshore wind energy generation to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. The new RFP was developed by the distribution companies in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and in consultation with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.

    India: Tender Announced for Procurement of 100 Electric Buses in Goa

    29 Mar 19: The NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN) has invited bids for procuring 100 electric buses to operate in the state of Goa. The brief scope of work includes the operation of 100 electric busses including their day-to-day maintenance. The last date for the submission of bids is April 12, 2019. Techno-commercial bids will open on April 24, 2019. “NVVN intends to finance the operation of electric buses through external commercial borrowing/domestic commercial borrowing/own source,” the tender document underlines.

    Australia: New procurement policy published, suppliers must have a satisfactory tax record from July 1

    28 Mar 19: Treasury has published the new procurement policy that explains how the federal government plans to make “a satisfactory tax record” a condition of tendering for Commonwealth contracts from July 1. We already knew the main new rule coming into play: bidders for contracts worth over $4 million will need a statement from the Australian Taxation Office saying their past tax affairs are good enough, for contracts signed after the 2019-20 financial year begins. The official details are out now, in a new procurement-connected policy.

    U.K: Government leads the way in tackling modern slavery in public procurement

    27 Mar 19: The government has demonstrated its global leadership in confronting modern slavery issues after hosting an international conference on tackling the problem in public procurement. The event in London today (Wednesday 27 March), co-hosted with the Ethical Trading Initiative and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, aimed at driving change in the public sector of addressing issues of modern slavery.

    Australia: Increasing integrity in government procurement

    26 Mar 19: The Morrison Government is leading by example through its new procurement policy that will enhance the integrity of supply chains and government procurement processes. The new policy will require the tenderer’s tax record to be taken into account. Changing supply chain practices of the Commonwealth will have an impact on businesses in all sectors. Our action will support businesses that are doing the right thing.

    Armenia: Government working to reform procurement law, says PM

    26 Mar 19: The problem regarding the law on procurement is being pointed out not only in the science sector but elsewhere, PM Nikol Pashinyan said at the general assembly of the Armenian Academy of Sciences in response to member Arsen Hakhumyan, who told the PM that the state procurement process is “inadmissibly” lengthy while implementing short-term projects. Pashinyan said the government is working on reforming the legislation on procurements. “It would be very good if all subjects who have trouble with the procurement legislation to present their recommendations to the government or the finance ministry so that..

    Zimbabwe: Natpharm to fast-track drugs procurement

    23 Mar 19: The National Pharmaceutical Company (Natpharm) has been given 48 hours to approach the local market to procure required drugs using RTGS dollars in a move meant to speed up the drug procurement process to address shortages in public hospitals. In a statement, the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ) said it held a meeting on Tuesday with the Ministry of Health and Child Care and Natpharm to have an in-depth appreciation of what the main challenges were in procuring medicine and sundries for hospitals.

    U.S.A: California ALJ proposes statewide renewable energy procurement for utilities

    20 Mar 19: A California Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) on Monday proposed statewide procurement for renewable resources, finding that proposed resource plans from utilities and other power providers will not reduce greenhouse gases enough to meet state goals. The proposed decision from ALJ Julie Fitch would refuse to adopt the combined integrated resource plan (IRP) from the state's utilities and community choice aggregators (CCA) because it "does not meet the GHG emissions goals" and could challenge reliability.

    Ghana: Gov’t commended for launch of procurement Ethics and Standards Committee

    19 Mar 19: The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) has lauded government for the establishment of a Professional Ethics and Standards Committee for Public Procurement Professionals. Sam Achampong FCIPS, Head of CIPS Middle East, North & West Africa said: “this is a far-reachinginitiative that provides a significant platform for licensing the procurement profession in Ghana.”

    Canada: Ontario to centralize procurement, estimating move will start saving $1B a year in 2024

    18 Mar 19: Ontario plans to create a centralized procurement system across government and the broader public sector as a way to save money. The government estimates it will save $1 billion a year, starting in about five years. Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy said a line-by-line review found opportunities for significant efficiencies in how the public sector buys goods and services. Estimates have shown that the government ministries alone spend about $6 billion a year on procurement ... that does not include the billions more that we spend on colleges, schools, universities and hospitals," he said Monday.

    India: NCDEX in talks with procurement agencies to get them on board

    17 Mar 19: Government procurement agencies such as Food Corporation of India (FCI), National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation (Nafed) and other State agencies will soon participate on exchange platforms for hedging purposes. Top NCDEX officials said that the discussions are on and the agencies are encouraged to come on board to use the futures platform for the stocks they procure.

    Jamaica: New Public Procurement Regime to Take Effect in 2019/20

    08 Mar 19: Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says the new public procurement regime will come into force in the new financial year, which begins April 1. Dr. Clarke, who was opening the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday (March 7), explained that new regime will enhance the potential for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to compete for larger shares of Government procurement contracts

    Australia: Designing public procurement policies to benefit regional economies

    08 Mar 19: In January, the Federal opposition released its Local Jobs, Local Projects: Labor’s National Procurement Plan. The procurement policy’s three main elements are: improving local business access to government contracts; emphasising involvement of local businesses in large contracts, and emphasising local apprenticeships. The announcement garnered only a few headlines in this current busy political news cycle, in stark contrast to the critical response the Queensland state government received to its Buy Queensland procurement strategy in 2017.

    U.S.A: Closing gaps in procurement process good for taxpayers

    08 Mar 19: When vendors have been unable to meet the terms of the state contracts, the resulting cancellations have cost Nebraska millions in recent years. If the state were able to nip potentially problematic contracts in the bud, before they cost taxpayers too much or resulted in embarrassing failures, it should presumably save money. Fiscal prudence benefits all Nebraskans. Sen. Mark Kolterman has proposed creating an appeals process for companies that believe agencies have ..

    Canada: New integrity regime will add ‘flexibility’ to procurement bans, states minister

    07 Mar 19: Canada’s minister in charge of procurement says the Trudeau government wants its integrity regime for corporate wrongdoing to be more flexible — a change that could help beleaguered SNC-Lavalin. The engineering and construction giant faces corruption and fraud charges over bribery allegations while pursuing business in Libya and, if the company is convicted, the new integrity regime could reduce the punishment it faces. Carla Qualtrough says proposed changes to the federal government’s integrity rules ..

    Cameroon: Cameroon eyes e-procurement submission incentives

    07 Mar 19: The Cameroonian government is planning incentives to encourage online submission to public procurement. In this wake, Ibrahim Talba Malla, the public procurement minister (minmap) just issued a list of about a hundred bids for online subscription via the “Cameroon Online E-procurement System” (Coleps) platform. The minister says bidders will first register on the department’s site www.marchespublics.com and submit an electronic certificate. “The first hundred bidders before March 8, 2019, will get the electronic certificate for free,” Talba Malla offered

    Canada: Public Services and Procurement Canada unveils plan to modernize federal procurement

    06 Mar 19: Federal departments and agencies purchase on average $22 billion in goods and services each year to help deliver programs and services to Canadians. Through procurement, the Government of Canada is committed to obtaining the best possible value for all Canadians and advancing important social and economic objectives.  Today, Parliamentary Secretary Steven MacKinnon, on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement…

    U.K: MHCLG plans cyber security guidance for IoT procurement

    06 Mar 19: The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has taken up a project to provide guidance to local authorities on how they can prioritise security in the procurement of internet of things (IoT) technology and develop cyber resilience around smart city plans. To this end, the ministry has published an open early engagement notice on Contracts Finder to assess interest from suppliers that could support the initiative.

    Zambia: 5 Companies Barred from Public Procurement

    06 Mar 19: The Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA) has with immediate effect suspended five companies from participating in public procurement for a year. The five companies have been suspended for submitting forged documents in response to tenders. ZPPA principal Public Relations Officer Joe Chipandwe named the five companies as Habitech Limited, Gifdon Entreprise, Lonch Properties and General Dealers Limited all of Lusaka. The other two are Peace Cops Investment of Chingola and Try Tech Limited of Ndola.

    India: Delhi Cabinet Approves Procurement of 1,000 Electric Buses

    06 Mar 19: In a big push to combat the deteriorating air quality in the national capital, the Delhi Cabinet has now approved the procurement of 1,000 low-floor electric buses. “This is the largest such commitment so far by any Indian city and for any city outside of China,” according to a Delhi government statement in PTI. The cabinet made the decision at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The Delhi government has been taking proactive steps ..

    U.K: Confirmation of continued UK access to the WTO’s Government Procurement Agreement

    04 Mar 19: The World Trade Organisation (WTO) Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) enables UK businesses to bid for government contracts in the markets of other GPA parties. It also allows foreign businesses to bid for contracts tendered by UK procuring entities in areas where the government has chosen to open up the market to international competition. There are around £67 billion worth of public sector contracts in the UK every year, and around £1.3 trillion worth of government contracts overseas in a wide range of sectors from large infrastructure to professional and business services.

    Singapore: Govt raises procurement quotation limit to S$90,000

    01 Mar 19: THE upper limit for quotations in government procurement will be raised to S$90,000 this year, from S$70,000, giving small firms greater access, Second Minister for Finance Indranee Rajah said in the Ministry of Finance's Committee of Supply debate. With the change, "..

    Ghana: Breach procurement code of ethics, get fired – Adwoa Safo cautions

    01 Mar 19: The Minister of State in Charge of Public Procurement, Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo, has sent a signal to all professionals in the procurement business, cautioning them to be well disciplined as a new Code of Ethics which her outfit is spearheading will ruthlessly deal with those who will breach the guidelines. According to her, it is about time that procurement professionals be held accountable for the decisions and actions they take and legally justify them, stressing that anything contrary will warrant sanctions that will not be palatable to offenders.

    U.K: Procurement frameworks: The role of the public sector in energy demand

    01 Mar 19: Adam Garbutt, CCS Category Lead for Utilities & Fuels (Strategic) at Crown Commercial Service – HELGA explains the role of the public sector when it comes to tackling the so-called ‘energy trilemma’ in terms of procurement frameworks. The UK is not alone among nations facing the so-called ‘energy trilemma’, a puzzle which requires the balancing of three challenges: affordability, sustainability and security. The public sector has a significant role to play in helping solve this problem and indeed has set a voluntary target to reduce its own carbon emissions to 30% of 2009/10 levels by 2020/21.

    Canada: New integrity regime will add ‘flexibility’ to procurement bans: minister

    28 Feb 19: Canada’s minister in charge of procurement says the Trudeau government wants its integrity regime for corporate wrongdoing to be more flexible — a change that could help beleaguered SNC-Lavalin. The engineering and construction giant faces corruption and fraud charges over bribery allegations while pursuing business in Libya and, if the company is convicted, the new integrity regime could reduce the punishment it faces. Carla Qualtrough says proposed changes to the federal government’s integrity rules were brought forward after hearing from industry players who felt the existing tool was too rigid.

    Ghana: Standards and ethics committee for procurement practitioners launched

    27 Feb 19: The Minister of State in charge of Procurement, Sarah Adwoa Safo has inaugurated a cross-sectional committee tasked to formulate a code of ethics and standards for procurement practitioners in the country. The committee which is made of representatives from Ghana Surveyors Association, Public Procurement Authority, and Ghana Bar Association etc are tasked to formulate the code of ethics within a period of 3 months. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the minister said, the only way to achieve Ghana Beyond Aid is when corruption is checked in public procurement and possible conflict of interest and attain value for money in all procurement activities

    U.K: U.K. Approved to Rejoin $1.7 Trillion WTO Procurement Deal

    27 Feb 19: The United Kingdom won approval to remain in a key World Trade Organization agreement that governs $1.7 trillion worth of annual public procurement opportunities. A group of 46 nations, including the U.S. and Japan, agreed on Wednesday to let Britain stay in the Government Procurement Agreement, according to a WTO statement. Maintaining membership ensures that U.K.-based contractors will retain their preferential access to foreign public procurement opportunities if Britain leaves the European Union without a withdrawal accord.

    Russia: 2nd Training on good governance practices and measures to prevent corruption in procurement process at municipal level

    27 Feb 19: A training on “Good governance practices and measures to prevent corruption in procurement process at municipal level in the Russian Federation” takes place on 27-28 February 2019 in Ufa, Republic of Bashkortostan, Russian Federation. This is the second activity in a series of trainings aimed at enhancing capacities of regional and municipal authorities dealing in the prevention of corruption in procurement process in line with applicable international standards and good practices. The training will be a combination of presentations, classroom discussions and group work exercises and case studies.

    Geneva: WTO agrees terms to keep Britain in procurement deal post-Brexit

    27 Feb 19: Britain has agreement at the World Trade Organization to remain within the WTO’s Government Procurement Agreement after it leaves the European Union, Britain’s mission said. Britain is a member of the GPA, whose members open up their combined $1.7 trillion (£1.3 trillion) government procurement markets to each other’s firms, by virtue of its EU membership. Diplomats agreed Britain’s continuing membership post-Brexit in principle in November, saying few changes would be needed and GPA members had an interest in keeping Britain within the club.

    U.K: How Manchester City Council used its procurement spending to build local wealth

    27 Feb 19: A new approach to buying goods and services by Manchester City Council has led to the creation of jobs and wealth within the city, says Matthew Todd. New findings from with the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) have revealed that Manchester City Council’s approach to procurement and social value is delivering more for local people.  The research is part of CLES’s deep collaborative Local Wealth Building work, a people-centred approach to local economic development.

    Nigeria: LASG seeks effective procurement

    27 Feb 19: The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Idiat Adebule, spoke on Tuesday at one-day ‘Engagement of Business Community in Procurement Process,’ organised by the Lagos State Procurement Agency in Ikeja. Speaking on the theme of the event, ‘Role of Public Procurement in Ensuring Good Governance,’ the deputy governor, who was represented by Mrs Yetunde Onabule, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Development, said efficient public procurement processes would boost efficient management of public resources.

    Alabama: New County Procurement Director Vows To Foster Business-Friendly Atmosphere

    26 Feb 19: Montgomery County’s new procurement director, Ash Shetty, thinks it’s time for the county to streamline processes to make the department more friendly to businesses — a touchstone of County Executive Marc Elrich’s campaign platform to make county government more efficient. Shetty, 39, was confirmed unanimously by the Montgomery County Council Tuesday as the next procurement director. He will oversee an office that is responsible for working with businesses to acquire goods and services and its dealings with contractors.

    Malaysia: Govt to roll out first tender for pool procurement of medicines in October

    25 Feb 19: The government aims to roll out the first tender to start acquiring its first drug through a central pool procurement system in October, an effort that will help bring down the cost of medicines, says Dr Lee Boon Chye. The Deputy Health Minister said more than 80 types of medicine have been identified for purchase through the system, which combines several buyers into a single entity.

    Canada: Canadian Solar wins largest public sector solar procurement bid in Canada this year

    25 Feb 19: Canadian Solar Inc. won three solar power contracts with Alberta’s Ministry of Infrastructure, for a total of 94 megawatts (MWp) of solar power system in southeast Alberta, with an average contracted PPA price of $48.05 (Canadian dollars) per megawatt-hour. When in operation, these solar plants will provide 55 percent of the electricity needs for Alberta provincial government. This is likely the largest public sector solar energy procurement contract in Canada in 2019.

    South Africa: There is ‘no opportunity for corruption’ at IPP procurement office, says Radebe

    24 Feb 19: The tender process for Independent Power Producers (IPPs) is "fair, open and transparent" Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has said. He said the evaluation process was conducted in a "highly secured environment" with both video and voice recordings and by a multi-disciplinary team of independent external advisers with expertise in legal, technical, financial and economic disciplines.

    Yukon: Business and government leaders parse through Yukon’s new procurement policy

    22 Feb 19: Perhaps the biggest two takeaways from the Yukon government’s new procurement policy are welcoming First Nations into the fold of the process and defining what makes a business. To be considered a business currently, two stipulations, like employing Yukoners or owning property in the territory, must be met. The updated policy says that businesses are expected to hit three of the following: be subject to territorial income tax, registered under the Business Corporations Act or the Partnership and Business Name Act.

    India: Revised Public Procurement Policy Offers An Ocean Of Opportunities For Local Pharmaceutical Suppliers

    20 Feb 19: On January 01, 2019, the Government of India announced that the purchase preferences of pharmaceutical products for its Public Procurement Programme (PPO) will be given to local pharma products and local pharma suppliers. The preferences refer the percentage (%) of minimum local content in domestically produced drugs, which has been increased from 75% in the ongoing fiscal year to 90% for years 2023-25. Moreover, the percentage of minimum local content …

    Canada: New West partnership provinces agree to procurement dispute rules

    20 Feb 19: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba agreed that the changes will provide suppliers with a more efficient and timely way to resolve procurement concerns. “The agreement establishes a single dispute resolution procedure for procurement under multiple trade agreements, simplifying the process for suppliers,” said Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen in a news release. “The New West Partnership Trade Agreement works to reduce trade barriers and support a thriving interprovincial market..

    Singapore: New open-ended government procurement scheme calls for local, foreign groups to come up with tech solutions

    18 Feb 19: Open-ended system allows local, foreign groups to offer proposals to tackle public sector problems. Operating makeshift "jungle brothels" and illegal dumping are among the illicit activities that have been carried out by trespassers on state land. However, resource constraints mean that the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) is not always able to effectively conduct surveillance for such activities around the clock.

    Yukon: New procurement policy set to be up and running this spring

    18 Feb 19: Come April 1, the Yukon government will roll out a new procurement policy, touted by Minister Richard Mostyn as being the most significant rewrite in a “generation.” In 2016, the Procurement Advisory Panel submitted 11 recommendations, all of which have been followed through on, he told reporters on Feb. 14, when the policy was unveiled. They include making the bidding process more independent from government, random contract checks to ensure compliance, a five-year capital plan, updating the definition of Yukon businesses and annual trade agreement exceptions in 10 contracts intended for local companies.

    Nigeria: Ambode seeks to eliminate corruption from public procurement

    15 Feb 19: The Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, says his administration is set to activate an e-procurement platform with a view to eliminating corruption in procurement process in the state. Ambode said this on Thursday in an address he delivered at the second edition of the Lagos State Annual Public Procurement Summit at the Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja. The governor, who was represented by the Lagos State Head of Service, Mr Hakeem Olayinka Muri-Okunola, said the platform would start in three weeks in the ministries of works, health and education.

    U.K: Bulk-buying helped Yorkshire councils ‘save millions’

    12 Feb 19: Wakefield-based YPO, the largest public sector buying organisation in the UK, created more than £7m in dividends for local authorities last year The organisation, which was formed to use its bulk-buying power to boost public sector savings, is 100 per cent publicly owned by 13 local councils, which means all its profits are returned to the public purse. Latest figures show that last year it returned £7.5m to the owning member authorities, meaning it has delivered a total £150m in dividends to councils since it was established in 1974.

    India: Startups in Haryana can now compete with MSMEs in public procurement

    11 Feb 19: In a big boost to startups in the state, Haryana government has given a major relaxation in the norms and now decided to bring the startups at par with established entrepreneurs and companies under Micro Small and Medium Enterprises category. The government has decided to provide concession/benefits in public procurement to startups/first generation entrepreneurs across the state.

    U.S.A: Cuomo’s ethics plan focuses on procurement, lobbying

    10 Feb 19: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has proposed reforms for the state contracting process and other ethics measures in Albany after two years of corruption convictions, including former top legislative leaders and a top aide to the governor. “If you read the headlines over the past few years, they have been continuous and they have been disappointing, and they have been disgraceful, and they have been widespread,” Cuomo said in his budget address last month. “We should be ..

    India: GeM, CCI sign MoU to check corruption in procurement

    08 Feb 19: Government e-marketplace (GeM), the Commerce & Industry Ministry's online platform for public procurement, and the Competition Commission of India (CCI) have got together to fight corruption in procurement including cartelisation. "Both CCI and GeM appreciate the importance of advanced analytical tools and processes for identification of malpractices like cartelisation. In order to pool their knowledge of the public procurement domain for detection …

    India: “Procurement from GeM platform to touch Rs 25,000 cr this fiscal”

    07 Feb 19: Procurement through the public procurement online platform -- Government e-marketplace (GeM) is expected to touch Rs 25,000 crore in the current financial year, as against Rs 5,000 crore last year. The commerce and industry ministry launched the GeM in August 2016 with the objective of creating an open and transparent procurement platform for government departments and agencies.

    Malaysia: Need for a public procurement law

    06 Feb 19: With the recent call for the enactment of a public procurement law, it is time for Malaysia to seriously consider such an enactment. The sum spent on such procurement is large, therefore the need for transparency and integrity to be incorporated into the process of procurement. Many countries have, during the start of the 21st century, enacted laws, or amended laws with respect to public procurement to prevent fraud, waste, corruption or protectionism and cronyism.

    Bhutan: Blocking e-procurement to support media houses not fair: PM

    04 Feb 19: The government would share with the media the discussions on the austerity measures and the outcome, said the Prime minister Dr Lotay Tshering during Friday Meet on February 1. Ministry of Finance recently issued a circular to the ministries, dzongkhags and government agencies to come up with proposals on saving costs as part of a new austerity drive. Prime minister said that there was not much input from the government. The measures have been accumulated mainly from the reports of Royal Audit Authority, Anti-Corruption Commission and the recommendations of the interim government.

    India: 25% procurement criteria announced by Prime Minister Modi on Nov 2 was implemented from Nov 9 itself

    02 Feb 19: The 25 per cent procurement criteria under the Public Procurement Policy has already been implemented from November 9, 2018. The amendment was officially notified on by the Office of DC-MSME on the same date. A Senior Official from the Office of DC-MSME confirmed KNN India that the order has been implemented from November 9, 2018 itself. This was one of the 12-sops announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 2, 2019.

    New Zealand: Government seeks input on new procurement rules

    01 Feb 19: The New Zealand Government is seeking comment on a proposed set of new rules for government procurement, designed to ease Kiwi businesses' access to government contracts, particularly for those working in priority sectors, including IT. The Government spends about $3 billion annually on IT out of a total $41 billion each year, buying goods and services from third-party suppliers and providers; around 18 per cent of New Zealand’s GDP.

    U.K: Solving the procurement conundrum

    01 Feb 19: In recent years, it’s fair to say that the UK Government has been working harder to do more business with SMEs to level the playing field in the procurement conundrum. But equally, the complexity of the procurement process has proved to be a huge stumbling block for many. As a result, in late 2018, MPs on the Science and Technology Committee heard from a range of experts on how attempts to open up procurement to SMEs has progressed over the last three years.

    Ghana: Auditor General to conduct audit in construction and procurement sectors

    31 Jan 19: The Auditor General will soon begin audits in the government procurement, revenue and construction sectors in order to help check financial leakages associated with these areas. Mr Daniel Yaw Domelevo, Auditor General, who announced this, said contract for the procurement of equipment and machines to test the thickness of asphalt roads and concretes in government buildings, would soon be awarded to begin integrity audits in the road and construction sectors.

    New Zealand: Government seeks input on new procurement rules

    31 Jan 19: The New Zealand Government is seeking comment on a proposed set of new rules for government procurement, designed to ease Kiwi businesses' access to government contracts, particularly for those working in priority sectors, including IT. The Government spends about $3 billion annually on IT out of a total $41 billion each year, buying goods and services from third-party suppliers and providers; around 18 per cent of New Zealand’s GDP.

    Zimbabwe: World Bank praises Zimbabwe’s public reform system

    31 Jan 19: THE World Bank has said it was impressed by Zimbabwe's public reform systems, saying the "reforms in Zimbabwe can also be a model to follow by other countries in the region, or the world."The World Bank also notes how "a recently elected government has created substantial public expectations of change, and demand for greater transparency and accountability." "The Government of Zimbabwe has taken important steps to reform its public procurement system through a comprehensive and multi-faceted reform program that should ultimately catalyze further development."

    U.S.A: Procurement bills pass House handily

    29 Jan 19: A series of bills amending portions of the state's procurement statutes passed through the House on Monday by lopsided votes. The legislation included House Bills 1161 and 1162 by state Rep. Jim Dotson, R-Bentonville, and House Bills 1179 and 1180 by state Rep. Jeff Wardlaw, R-Hermitage.

    Canada: B.C.’s NDP government gets down to business

    28 Jan 19: B.C. Minister of Citizens’ Services Jinny Sims has been busy on behalf of businesses. Last week she announced the launch of OrgBook BC, a new provincial government service that lets companies quickly and securely share verifiable business information online. Today Sims attended a breakfast hosted by our partner the BC Chamber of Commerce to talk about the government's new Procurement Concierge Program, which allows industry experts to propose solutions to government business challenges before starting the formal bidding process.

    U.K: Fire safety procurement framework launched for Scottish social landlords

    28 Jan 19: Scotland has launched a new fire safety framework for social housing, which will enable registered social landlords (RSLs) to meet their updated obligations following the Grenfell Tower disaster. The new Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) is being managed by PfH Scotland, specialist providers of procurement services to the housing sector and jointly owned by HouseMark, the National Housing Federation and the Chartered Institute of Housing.

    Indonesia: Govt cuts land procurement red tape for SKK Migas projects

    28 Jan 19: The government has cut red tape in procuring land to facilitate the oil and gas industry's upstream business.Through a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Agency (SKK Migas), ownership of the land that used by oil and gas contractors will belong to the Agrarian and Spatial Planning Ministry.

    Zimbabwe: Procurement law creates more jobs

    28 Jan 19: The coming into effect of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets (PPDPA) Act (Chapter 22: 23), has created several job opportunities for citizens with requisite qualifications. Recently, there has been a flurry of adverts in the mainstream media as companies and local authorities seek to establish the position of procurement officer in line with the new law. Procurement was previously seen as an administration job, which tended to create inefficiencies.

    Canada: Reduction in the volume of OTC trading in public procurement saved over XAF600 billion, over a 7-year period

    24 Jan 19: Thanks to public procurement reforms implemented in 2011, the volume of contracts awarded by private treaty, without competitive bidding, in Cameroon has shrunk from 46% to only 14%, thus approaching the international standard of 10%. These figures are revealed in a letter dated 4 January 2019 addressed to the President of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Conac) by Abba Sadou, former Minister of Public Procurement.

    Philippines: DBM chief reports P18.5 billion procurement savings in 2018

    23 Jan 19: The government posted P18.25 billion in terms of procurement savings in 2018, increasing by nearly five-fold from what was recorded a year ago. This was a significant jump from the P3.2 billion worth of procurement savings in 2017. A total of 463 procurement items for both common-use and non-common use supplies, infrastructure projects and consulting services were also completed by the Procurement Service (PS) in 2018, amounting to P198.8 billion, while a total of 215 procurement items were completed by the PS in 2017, amounting to P32.3 billion..

    India: C’garh Govt to develop its own e-procurement portal

    22 Jan 19: The State Cabinet on Monday approved a proposal for making material procurements from Chhattisgarh State Industrial Development Corporation (CSIDC) instead of Central Government's e-Marketing portal (GeM). The Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel also took a decision to amend the Chhattisgarh Store Purchase Rules 2002 to start material procurements from CSIDC. The CSIDC will create a new portal for online procurements within six months, Water Resources Minister Ravindra Choubey informed while addressing a press conference here.

    Australia: Labor to promote local jobs in government procurement contracts

    21 Jan 19: Labor will require companies bidding on government contracts to demonstrate opportunities for local employees and work for Australian-based firms, part of a plan to share the benefits of a $50 billion annual procurement spend. As part of a new national procurement plan for an incoming Labor government, public service departments would still be required to prioritise value for money in major government contracts but would also require a ..

    Malaysia: Health Ministry to use pool procurement to lower medical costs

    19 Jan 19: The Health Ministry is implementing a pool procurement system to bring down the costs of medical supplies. The new system is also an effort to combat quack dentists in the country.  Director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the Health Ministry’s recent approach to partner with other organisations and ministries to purchase medical supplies in bulk could be used to help drive down dental costs as well.

    Malaysia: Malaysian B2B procurement platform nabs seed funding for market expansion

    16 Jan 19: Dropee is a Malaysia-based B2B e-procurement marketplace specializing in the food and beverage, fast-moving consumer goods, and retail market segments. Its platform connects suppliers to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in real time to streamline procurement processes. Founded in 2016, Dropee is active in Malaysia with a focus on three main cities: Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Johor. It’s looking to increase its business coverage across the country.

    Kenya: State centralises IT procurement

    13 Jan 19: A peculiar decision by the government to centralise procurement for all Information Communication Technology supplies for all ministries and parastatals, leaving it ICT ministry has not only led to slow service delivery, but also effectively killed hundreds of Small and Medium Enterprises across the country. This financial year alone, the ICT ministry has been allocated Sh18 billion for development, a sharp increase from the modest sums it used to receive in the previous years

    U.S.A: California Gov. Newsom orders procurement reform for faster wildfire response

    09 Jan 19: California Gov. Gavin Newsom used his first full day in office directing the state government to update its technology contracting processes with the specific goal of speeding up how it responds to the persistent wildfires that devastated wide swaths of the state last year. Newsom signed an executive order Tuesday instructing agencies seeking tech contracts using a new kind solicitation called a request for innovative ideas, or RFI2, in which the government asks bidders to …

    U.S.A: E-Procurement Could Save Oregon More than $1B, Audit Finds

    09 Jan 19: While a handful of Oregon state agencies are already piloting e-procurement, an audit shows that a statewide system could have saved more than $1 billion over the last two years, enough to close the 2019-21 budget gap. A recent audit by the Oregon Secretary of State’s office shows that adoption of a state wide e-procurement system could have potentially saved more than a billion dollars if it had been in use during the last biennium.

    India: Government to give preference to domestically produced drugs for public procurement

    02 Jan 19: The Department of Pharmaceuticals said for formulations that are not manufactured in India, the minimum local content shall be 10 per cent in 2018-19. The government on Tuesday said preference for public procurement programmes in the pharma sector will be given to domestically produced drugs with a minimum of 75 per cent local content in the ongoing fiscal which will go up to 90 per cent by 2023-25.

    India: MSME has big chance to grow under new GOI law for Procurement by bulk purchasers

    30 Dec 2018: The Law enacted by the Government of India to expedite payment to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) by bulk purchasers seems to have little impact on the fortunes of the micro and small enterprises as there is very little awareness among entrepreneurs in Karnataka. MSME tends to be ancillary units to the medium and large industrial units and supply components that are outsourced from them. They tend to be bogged down by the delayed payments that in turn..

    U.S.A: New Illinois Laws 2019: Taxes, Revenue, Fees

    29 Dec 2018: Review the new laws that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2019. Property Tax Code (SB 00585) - Makes changes to three different property tax sales fees: expands the automation fee that the purchaser pays each year for subsequent taxes; clarifies that the indemnity fee is set by the county collector and allows counties to charge less than the current rate of $20 per item purchased.

    Armenia: Armenia spends 94.1 billion drams in state procurement in first half-year

    28 Dec 2018: Armenia has spent around 94.1 billion drams in state procurement in the first half of 2018, against the 70,8 billion drams spent in the same period last year, an advisor to Armenian’s acting PM, economist Artak Manukyan said on Friday, summing up the key tendencies in the system in the indicated period. Manukyan, who also heads the National Center of Public Policy Research NGO, says some 74,000 procurement processes are set for one year, 9,800 of which are not carried out due to various reasons. Thus, over 13% of the procurement plans were not realized this year.

    U.S.A: Local preference in Idaho’s state Procurement Act

    26 Dec 2018: As online purchasing becomes increasingly popular, local and state governments continually look for ways to keep purchases in the community and to stimulate the local economy. A way in which some local and state governments have attempted to accomplish this is through local preference laws in government bidding and purchasing. In certain circumstances, local preference laws provide certain advantages or preferences to local businesses or businesses with a significant presence in the community or state.

    Australia: Transparency in procurement by local government

    26 Dec 2018: Councils are bound by specific legislation that demands transparency in contracting, with a view to preventing collusion, corruption, nepotism and paying above market prices. Getting it wrong can lead the Council and responsible officer open to public complaints and court action, not to mention a referral to ICAC. In this article we discuss the legislation, what you must do to comply, and how to avoid common pitfalls.

    Malawi: Authority clears mist on Malawi E-Passport Procurement

    22 Dec 2018: The Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA) cleared the Department of immigration and Citizenship on the procurement of a $35 million contract to upgrade the Passport Issuance System (PIS) and introduction of the Electronic Passport after it had sought clarification on the rules. The department had sought PPDA clarification after it was impressed with the bid of Two Trees Investments as a joint venture with ZETES, a reputable Belgium firm

    South Africa: ‘Abuse of procurement at root of rot’

    22 Dec 2018: The government’s procurement processes are undergoing a major overhaul to assist state institutions to better fight abuse of its R800-billion-a-year budget for goods and services as well as fraud and corruption. Willie Mathebula, the National Treasury’s acting chief procurement officer, told the commission of inquiry into state capture yesterday that the Public Procurement Bill was waiting for Cabinet approval. A review was already under way of Treasury regulations.

    Côte d’Ivoire : The volume of public procurement markets approved at end-September 2018 rose by 73.1% on YoY basis to reach $1.8 bln

    20 Dec 2018: By end September 2018, the volume of public procurement markets approved in Côte d’Ivoire was XOF1,038.72 billion (about $1.8 billion) against XOF600.02 billion ($1 billion) in 2017 ; representing a 73.1% increase on a year on year basis. This was announced by the government during the ministerial council held on December 18, 2018. According to the authorities, 3,288 contracts were approved during the period under review against 3,148 by the same period a year earlier, representing a 4.4% increase.

    Nigeria: FG introduces new procurement price checker to Lagos

    20 Dec 2018: In order to eliminate the bottlenecks associated with manual price survey in the procurement list of items in budgetary provisions, the Federal Ministry of Finance on Tuesday introduced a price checker portal to the Lagos State Government for consideration. The price checker portal, which could be accessed by states, local government areas and agencies, will contain updated prices of all procurement items that are uploaded by different vendors for use by contractors.

    U.S.A : Web-based procurement could’ve saved state $1 billion

    19 Dec 2018: An audit has found that if the state of Oregon had used a web-based procurement app in the last biennium, it could have saved more than $1 billion. Secretary of State Dennis Richardson said Wednesday that adoption of a statewide eProcurement system, if quickly implemented statewide, could close Oregon's 2019-21 budget gap of $623 million without raising taxes. The review of the Department of Administrative Services and the Office of the State Chief

    U.S.A, New York: How to Diminish Collusion in Public Procurement Auctions? Impose a Price Floor, Economists Argue

    17 Dec 2018: A pair of economists suggest a new way to alleviate the problem of collusion in public procurement auctions: establish price floors for the contracted work. Collusion between firms participating in public procurement costs taxpayers around the globe billions of dollars each year. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) estimates that its member countries spend 12 percent of their GDP in public procurement, with a higher percentage in developing countries.

    China: China Launches an Interprovincial Medicine Procurement Regime

    17 Dec 2018: Following the fifth meeting of the Central Comprehensively Deepening Reforms Commission of the Communist Party of China, the Joint Procurement Office of the People’s Republic of China (“JPO”) recently released the Medicine Centralised Procurement Document (“Document”). According to the Document, the JPO will conduct centralised procurement of medicines on behalf of all public hospitals in the following 11 cities. Meanwhile the JPO published the 31 varieties of medicine and..

    Ireland: Minister of State O’donovan launches information note on incorporating social considerations in public procurement

    13 Dec, 2018: A key Information Note produced by the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) was launched yesterday, by Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan TD, with special responsibility for Public Procurement, Open Government and eGovernment together with Minister of State David Stanton TD, with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration and Finian McGrath TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for Disability Issues.

    Australia: NSW govt poaches Westpac exec as new IT procurement chief

    13 Dec 2018: The NSW government has appointed Westpac executive Mark Lenzner as its new IT procurement chief. Lenzner will take over from Shae Howard, who has been acting in the position since Tony Ritchie left to become the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation’s (DFSI) new chief information officer. He will take charge of NSW’s IT procurement operations, including developing and implementing procurement reforms and modernising government procurement platforms.

    Turkey: Turkey Introduces New Rules for Drug Procurement, Tobacco Packaging and Food-related Health Declarations

    13 Dec 2018: Turkey has introduced new regulations for procurement of licensed or unlicensed drugs (which are not available in the Turkish market), plain packaging rules for tobacco, as well as a new requirement to obtain permission for food-related health declarations. The Law Amending Certain Laws and Decree Laws Regarding Support of Public Health (“Law”) was published in Official Gazette number 7151 on 5 December 2018, entering into effect on the same date.

    India: Cabinet allows private companies to take part in foodgrain procurement

    13 Dec 2018: The Cabinet has allowed gradual entry of private companies in procurement of foodgrains and sanctioned ?31,603 crore for two schemes to ensure farmers are able to sell their produce at the minimum support price (MSP). These initiatives are part of the Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay SanraksHan Abhiyan (PMAASHA) cleared by the Cabinet, which the government said was an unprecedented step taken to ensure higher income of farmers with the help of robust procurement in coordination with states.

    Philippines: Duterte issues guidelines on procurement of gov’t vehicles

    13 Dec 2018: President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered a centralized system of buying government motor vehicles. Duterte signed Administrative Order No. 14 on December 10 “consolidating and rationalizing” the rules on the acquisition of government motor vehicles. The President said, “There is a need to further streamline and rationalize the approval process for requests to acquire government motor vehicles, in keeping with the principles of economy, efficiency, and checks and balances.”

    Australia: ClauseBank: consultation on new additions to procurement contract

    12 Dec 2018: The Department of Finance is asking for feedback on a new round of standard clauses for procurement contracts, to be added to its relatively new ClauseBank resource. ClauseBank was introduced a few months ago with an initial set of 12 standard clauses to promote consistency in Commonwealth contracts. Now Finance has proposed 22 more and opened them for public consultation until close of business on December 21.

    Japan: Japan plans to prevent dispute over procurement

    12 Dec 2018: Japan plans to ensure that its decision to change the procedures on procuring telecom equipment, which could exclude Chinese makers, will not affect the 2 countries' relationship. Beijing is urging Japan not to exclude them. The Japanese government decided to revise the procedures for procurement to take into account national security risks from next fiscal year, which starts in April. The revision is aimed at preventing data leaks by cyberattacks.
    The government says the change is not intended to ban specific companies.

    India: Government ties up with OEMs to weed out fakes from public procurement

    11 Dec 2018: India’s national public procurement portal has tied up with original equipment manufacturers (OEM) of information technology hardware and software, furniture and auto components to certify their sellers in a move to weed out counterfeits. Government e-Marketplace (GeM), the end-to-end online marketplace for central and state governments, has partnered with atleast a hundred OEMs by signing memoranda of understanding with their respective industry associations including Nasscom and Manufactures Association for Information Technology (MAIT).

    India: Government mandates preference to India-made vehicles in public procurement

    09 Dec 2018: The government has mandated preference to be given to domestically-manufactured vehicles with minimum 65 per cent local content in public procurement of automobiles, according to an official notification. As per the new norms notified by the Heavy Industries Ministry with an aim to "encourage Make in India" and to promote manufacturing and production of goods and services locally, "preference shall be provided by all government procuring entities to domestically manufactured automobile and automative components.

    Bermuda: Procurement & Framework Agreements

    07 Dec 2018: “The Public Service is now taking the necessary steps to implement procurement strategies that leverage the Government’s purchasing power, maximise efficiencies, and achieve cost savings,” Minister for the Cabinet Office Walton Brown said in the House of Assembly. In providing an update on the implementation of the Code of Practice for Project Management and Procurement, the Minister said he will “focus on work that is being undertaken to implement framework agreements.” The administrative burden associated with the repetitive tendering processes

    Philippines: ADB enters an arrangement with World Bank for co-financed projects

    06 Dec 2018: Asian Development Bank (ADB) Thursday said it has entered into an arrangement with the World Bank to put in place a single framework that will make co-financed projects more efficient. ADB's first Alternative Procurement Arrangement (APA) with the World Bank will allow procedures on co-financed projects to follow a single procurement framework, it said in a statement. The new arrangement allows co-financed projects to be implemented more efficiently by applying a single framework to the whole project.

    U.K: Breakthrough for UK on trillion dollar trade agreement

    05 Dec 2018: The UK has won agreement for its independent membership of the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) at the World Trade Organisation (WTO), ensuring it will retain access to a market worth $1.7 trillion after Brexit. The GPA is an agreement among 46 WTO members that allows them to bid for government contracts for the provision of goods, services or construction in each others' countries. Members include the US, the European Union and Japan.

    U.S.A: Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Introduces Sweeping Procurement Reform Package

    05 Dec 2018: Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has introduced a series of measures to the Atlanta City Council which would overhaul the City’s procurement process.“As part of the One Atlanta platform, I pledged to create a more ethical, transparent and fiscally responsible government,” said Mayor Bottoms. “My procurement reform package not only transforms the way the City acquires vendors and third-party contracts, it also curbs spending and minimizes fiscal waste.

    U.K: Efficio and Cranfield University Release New Research Study Entitled, “Procurement 2025: Is Digital Transformation Driving More Effective Procurement?”

    05 Dec 2018: 63% of procurement leaders have rethought their approach due to new technologies 48% are driven by ‘fear of missing out’ (FOMO) rather than a true understanding of the digital requirement 72% say lack of talent to harness the power of machines is among the biggest barriers to technology delivering the expected benefits, with 66% citing poor vendor support for implementing new technologies 64% believe strategic suppliers will play a crucial role in helping to meet procurement objectives, yet half have not formally selected those partners. At least 69% think companies must play their part in building truly strategic supplier .

    Rwanda: Procurement officials urged to follow up on public contracts

    02 Dec 2018: Corporate services managers and procurement officers in different government institutions need to take extra caution in following up on the execution of public work contracts and always steer clear of corruption. The message was delivered on Friday in Kigali at a training organised for about 120 of the public servants by the Ministry of Justice. As the Government moves to reduce situations where some public contracts are delayed or simply abandoned by contractors every year over different issues, procurement managers are being trained.

    Nigeria: Procurement: Assembly to increase mobilisation fees

    30 Nov 2018: The Lagos State House of Assembly has said that 20 per cent advance payment for public procurement activities can no long work if quick delivery of projects would be achieved. The Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, spoke at the public hearing on a bill seeking to amend the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency Law. The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Obasa, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni, said the review was to ensure that people-oriented projects were delivered speedily in good quality.

    Bahama: Govts Procurement Overhaul Presses On

    30 Nov 2018: The Government’s planned electronic procurement and supplier registry will create “fairness, equity and equal access” in bidding on public contracts, the deputy prime minister said yesterday. Turnquest, addressing a seminar on the e-procurement and supplier registry, said it will help to level the playing field between small, medium and large businesses and ensure a minimum 20 percent of all government contracts go the former category. “I know that for most businesses in The Bahamas that I have come across, one of the things that they have been concerned about is fairness and access,” said Mr Turnquest.

    Kenya: Procurement regulator wants state tenders portal linked to KRA’s e-tax

    29 Nov 2018: The Public Procurement Regulatory Authority wants state tenders linked to the Kenya Revenue Authority’s e-tax system to enhance accountability and fight corruption. Chairman Andrew Musangi said this should form part of the reforms under the electronic procurement system. In 2014, National Treasury launched the e-procurement system to enhance management of public finances and tendering process through the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS).

    Kenya: Gov’t plans to scrap procurement appeal fees

    28 Nov 2018: Public Procurement Administrative Review Board plans to scrap procurement appeal fees to encourage more public procurement reviews and appeals. The Board’s chairperson Faith Waigwa says the 250,000 shillings charged on the appeals has minimized the scrutiny on awarded tenders fueling corruption. Most public tenders are marred with claims of corruptions. However, the malpractices are rarely challenged in what the Public Procurement Administrative...

    Zimbabwe: Engage local firms to save forex

    27 Nov 2018: Priority in public procurement tenders must be awarded to local companies ahead of foreign contractors to boost local industry as well as save foreign currency, according to Finance and Economic Development Permanent Secretary George Guvamatanga. He, however, said this should be done according to regulations governing procurement processes as well as international best practice.

    Zimbabwe: Procurement processes reviewed

    26 Nov, 2018: The Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ) held an indaba in the capital this Monday to review the effectiveness and efficiency of the Procurement Act that came into being in January this year. The main objective of bringing stakeholders to the indaba is to gather insights on how the new Act can be improved as several challenges have been observed over the course of the year. The Secretary for State Enterprises Reform, Corporate Governance ...

    Kenya: Public Procurement Authority Conference seeks to address corruption in procurement

    26 Nov 2018: Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich will open the East Africa Procurement Forum on Wednesday. The forum provides framework for information and experience sharing amongst the participants drawn from the procurement and supply chain management policy makers, regulators, and practitioners in public and private sector. Kenya, through the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA), is hosting the event for the third time, having done so in 2009 and 2014.

    Sierra Leone: Finance Ministry sets new procurement thresholds

    26 Nov 2018: The Ministry of Finance has reviewed the thresholds for procurement process effective 1st January 2019. The Director of Procurement at the Ministry of Finance (MoF) Musa Bangura says there have been reports of people not following procurement processes, which he said was because of the low threshold. There was a previous public procurement review some time back to look at the thresholds which was one of the recommendation made by the World Bank, but was not considered and that made the donors continue to hold on to their own rules and regulations.

    Philippines: Philippines plans to digitise government procurement function

    26 Nov 2018: The Philippine government is overhauling its procurement system as part of wide-ranging plans to digitise financial management systems and improve transparency. Budget secretary Benjamin Diokno said this would lead to a “more innovative, effective and responsive government in the long term”. Budget and treasury management systems are also set to be updated. Diokno was speaking last week at an event on public sector productivity.

    Uganda: Government Integration Is Crucial for E-Procurement

    26 Nov 2018: Mr James Saaka, the executive director National Information Technology Authority, has said for the electronic government procurement system to work, government systems must be integrated. Government system integration is a segment of the regional communications infrastructure system. Addressing government institutions on the importance of coordination, Mr Saaka said the electronic government procurement system will be ineffective if government systems are not integrated.

    Ghana: Ghana Must Move Towards Standardising of Projects – Deputy Finance Minister

    26 Nov 2018: Deputy Minister of Finance Mr Kwaku Kwarteng, has underscored the need for Ghana to move towards standardising projects. He said seeing similar projects procured by different procurement entities with varied prices implied that some procurements were better in terms of value for money than others. Mr. Kwarteng who was speaking at an executive breakfast meeting, hosted by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) on the theme: 'Building a global procurement centre of excellence', …

    Sri Lanka: Cabinet Approval for Line Ministries to issue procurement directives

    22 Nov 2018: The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal for Line Ministries to implement the Government’s current procurements in accordance with the recent amendments made to the scope of Ministries. The proposal was put forth by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in his capacity as the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs.

    Australia: New procurement policy: Treasury draft explains new rules to exclude tax dodgers

    21 Nov 2018: Treasury has released a draft of the new procurement policy that aims to stop federal agencies buying goods and services from companies involved in the black economy. From July 1, 2019, all new tenders for contracts worth $4 million or more (including GST) will have to include a statement from the Australian Taxation Office confirming the bidder’s tax affairs are in order. The draft sets out three basic criteria for a satisfactory tax record.

    India: DIPP wants strict compliance on procurement of local products 

    20 Nov 2018: The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) wants to amend the Public Procurement Order so that penal action can be taken against erring officials of procurement agencies of any government department if they include restrictive or discriminatory conditions against domestic suppliers in bid documents. The tightening of compliance is to give preference to products manufactured under Make in India for public procurement to push domestic industry.

    United Kingdom: Changes announced to boost social value in central government procurement

    20 Nov 2018: The government has announced changes to its procurement practices to boost social value considerations and reduce barriers for social enterprises. In a speech to Business Services Association Annual Chairman’s Dinner yesterday, cabinet minister David Lidington said central government would now use a new model to evaluate the social impact of its contracts to outsource public services. Lidington said the changes would remove barriers for "small businesses and social enterprises” to central government contracts, worth £48bn a year, ...

    Malaysia: Digital procurement for govt contracts ready in 2020

    20 Nov 2018: The e-Works system, a digitalised procurement system for government contracts, is expected to be implemented in 2020, says Works Minister Baru Bian. Baru said that the system, mirrored after the Finance Ministry’s ePerolehan, would ensure "greater transparency" in the procurement process for projects. “The aim of this is to be transparent and to avoid compromises or interference (from the outside) within the procurement process."

    Malaysia: Transport Ministry targets 2019 for online number plate procurement

    19 Nov 2018: The Transport Minister, Anthony Loke, told Parliament today that the launch of an online vehicle registration number procurement system has been scheduled for early next year. A detailed study is being carried out with the help of the Malaysian Administrative and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) to develop the system to make it safe and effective.

    India: Officials restricting supply of domestic goods for public procurement to face action

    18 Nov 2018: To promote made in India goods in public procurement, the government will take action against officials who would be held responsible for including restrictive or discriminatory norms against domestic suppliers in bid documents, an official said.  Amending the Public Procurement (Preference of Make in India) Order 2017, the commerce and industry ministry has stated that inquiry would be conducted by the administrative department undertaking the procurement to fix responsibility in case restrictive or discriminatory conditions against domestic..

    India: Government seeks data from CPSEs on procurement from MSME sector

    17 Nov 2018: The government has sought details from all central public-sector enterprises (CPSEs) on their procurements from micro, small and medium enterprises, especially those owned by women, to assess their support for these small businesses. The government had directed all departments and public-sector companies to purchase at least 25% of their goods and services from such enterprises. It had asked the state-owned companies to get on board the Trade Receivables Discounting System (TReDS), a digital platform aimed at addressing the critical financial needs of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

    Ghana: Government to be strict on enforcing procurement law in 2019

    18 Nov 2018: The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta has stated that government will ensure efficient public spending in 2019 by enforcing the Public Procurement Act (PPA). Mr. Ofori-Atta explained that the PPA has the capacity and legal backing to assess all sole-sourced projects in the country. Sole sourcing of projects have over the years become a heated political issues due to suspected over bloating of projects to benefit some contractors.

    India: Government seeks data from CPSEs on procurement from MSME sector 

    17 Nov 2018: The government has sought details from all central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) on their procurements from micro, small and medium enterprises, especially those owned by women, to assess their support for these small businesses.  The government had directed all departments and public sector companies to purchase at least 25% of their goods and services from such enterprises. It had asked the state-owned companies to get on board the Trade Receivables Discounting System (TReDS), a digital platform aimed at addressing the critical....

    United Kingdom: Increase in local government procurement in the North

    15 Nov 2018: The value of contracts by local government buyers in the North has increased dramatically since 2016, with £3.6bn-worth of contracts being awarded this year, The Public-Sector Solutions Expo has discovered. The first quarter of 2018 saw 1,170 contracts awarded to 1,599 suppliers, by 98 local government buyers in the North*. The largest sectors these contracts were awarded to includes health, social and community services, construction, and business and financial services.

    India: Government’s import bill down Rs 8,000 crore on domestic steel procurement policy

    15 Nov 2018: The government has been able to save Rs 8,000 crore worth of import bill ever since it has promulgated the policy of preference to domestic steel producers in the case of PSU procurement. Union steel secretary Binoy Kumar said, the policy came into force from May 2017. It has been estimated that the government can save import bills worth up to Rs 39,000 crore per annum if the capital goods industry can source the required steel domestically for manufacturing critical capital goods instead of imports.

    Zambia: Zambia to host procurement summit

    14 Nov 2018: Zambia will next week Wednesday host the first ever African Procurement Enterprise Development Summit in Lusaka. The Zambia Institute of Purchasing and Supply-ZIPS- has announced that President Edgar Lungu is expected to grace the summit which will be attended by other African Heads of State and Representatives. Speaking at a media briefing, ZIPS Acting President Noel Sandukila said the summit will discuss ways of enhancing supply chain among African countries.

    Bangladesh: Tk 4,552cr procurement proposals approved

    09 Nov 2018: The cabinet committee on purchase yesterday approved 13 procurement proposals worth Tk 4,552 crore of various ministries and divisions, including helicopters for Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and construction of flats for government employees. Nasima Begum, additional secretary to the cabinet division, briefed reporters after the meeting at the division—where the go-aheads came from—with Finance Minister AMA Muhith in the chair.

    India: India seeks fair play in public procurement; The World Bank is set to tweak ease of doing business ranking norms

    05 Nov 2018: The government on Monday kicked off a drive to boost the spirit of competition in public procurement even as the World Bank is set to introduce government contracts as a parameter for its ease of doing business ranking. Public procurement is a very large part of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and the state is entitled to have the best price and quality, finance minister Arun Jaitley said at a roadshow organized by the anti-trust watchdog Competition Commission of India (CCI).

    Philippines: Solon proposes other methods of gov’t procurement

    05 Nov 2018: A measure proposing express mode and electronic shopping as alternative methods of procurement has been filed at the House of Representatives. Quirino Rep. Dakila Cua filed on Monday House Bill 8539, which seeks to improve and streamline government procurement processes to "improve the efficiency and effectiveness" of public service. "Presently, most government procurements are done through competitive biddings to let the government get the most competitive prices. While there is nothing wrong with ensuring the most ...

    India: Open, competitive govt procurement seen saving up to 30% in costs

    05 Nov 2018: Fair and transparent public procurement will protect the revenues of the state and make sure that they are used for optimal purpose and make sure that they are used for optimal purpose, minister of finance and corporate affairs Arun Jaitley said. It is estimated that competitive, transparent procurement could result in cost saving to the extent of around 20-30 per cent to the government, according to secretary, ministry of corporate affairs.

    Poland: Electronization Of Public Procurement In Poland

    27 Oct 2018: New provisions of the Public Procurement Law ("PPL") concerning the electronization of public procurement procedures came into force on 18 October 2018. They constitute a further stage of the progressive transposition of the provisions of the EU directives coordinating the rules of public procurement (directives 2014/24/EU and 2014/25/EU) into the Polish legal system. These regulations will apply to proceedings concerning contracts with a value equal to or exceeding the EU thresholds, commenced as of 18 October 2018 inclusive.

    Belarus: Belarus interested in World Bank experience of government procurement system development

    25 Oct 2018: Belarus is interested in the experience of the World Bank concerning the development of the government procurement system due to the intention to improve the relevant Belarusian laws. Deputy Chairman of the State Control Committee of Belarus Vasily Gerasimov made the statement as he met with World Bank representatives in Minsk on 25 October, BelTA has learned. The press service of the State Control Committee quoted Vasily Gerasimov as saying: “The principles the work is done in Belarus are similar to the approaches and practices of the World Bank – openness and accessibility to the procedures for all participants.

    Moldova: Moldova steps up fight against corruption with new e-procurement system

    25 Oct 2018: Moldova has launched a ground-breaking electronic procurement system which it is hoped will radically transform the way public funds are spent in the country. The new approach was introduced jointly by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Trade Organisation and Moldova’s Ministry of Finance. It provides full transparency, openness and accountability in a major step in the fight against corruption.

    India: Make in India: Suresh Prabhu asks states to opt for local products for public procurement

    25 Oct 2018: Commerce and industry minister Suresh Prabhu has asked states to emulate Centre’s model of giving preference to products manufactured under the Make in India initiative for public procurement to provide impetus to local manufacturing.  Besides giving a “big boost to domestic manufacturing of goods and provision of supplies, it will also lead to growth in employment and income”, Prabhu wrote to all chief ministers earlier this week.

    Australia: Australia Set to Join WTO’s Government Procurement Agreement

    25 Oct 2018: Australia has been accepted as member of the WTO’s plurilateral Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), capping three years of negotiations with existing parties to join the accord. The Oceanic nation’s bid was endorsed by GPA parties last week, with Canberra now due to complete its domestic procedures and submit the necessary documentation to the global trade club within the next year for its GPA participation to take effect.

    Zimbabwe: Procurement body standardises bidding

    23 Oct 2018: The Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ) has introduced standard bidding documents for use by all procuring entities as part of efforts to ensure transparency, uniformity and containing costs. PRAZ chief executive officer Mr Nyasha Chizu, told The Herald Business yesterday that the standard bidding documents have been introduced in terms of Section 6 (1) of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act.

    Zimbabwe: ‘New procurement law encourages transparency’

    22 Oct 2018: A lot is expected from the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe in terms of inculcating and sustaining efficiency within the public sector procurement process. Significant strides have been made in terms of reforming the procurement process in the public sector. So far all ministries, State-owned enterprises and local authorities have either established or are in the process of finalizing the establishment of procurement management units (PMUs). These units are expected to be manned by ……

    India: Procurement agencies should follow BIS standards for medical devices: Govt

    22 Oct 2018: Giving relief to domestic medical device makers, the Centre has asked the procurement agencies to follow the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) for procuring devices and not to mandate the USFDA/CE certifications where the norms laid down by the national standard body exist. This issue of mandatory requirement of USFDA/CE certification in public procurement has been raised many times by medical device makers.

    Philippines: Asian Development Bank Paper Touts Blockchain in Government Procurement

    18 Oct 2018: A new paper authored by World Bank Group-linked experts proposes development of a blockchain network to boost efficiency across government procurement systems worldwide. Authored by Dr. Ramanathan Somasundaram and S. M. Quamrul Hasan, both researchers specializing in government procurement, the consultation report was published Thursday, touting blockchain tech in a technological proposal for the Asian Development Bank. Currently, there are between 200 and 250 different e-government procurement (e-GP) systems …

    Vietnam: Vietnam to open public procurement market

    17 Oct 18: Vietnam will open its public procurement market after the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) comes into effect. The agreement is expected to be signed at the end of this year and come into effect next year, when Vietnam will open its public procurement market for the first time. The opening up of the public procurement market under EVFTA commitments is expected to make bidding more transparent and competitive, and offer a better quality of goods.

    Malta: Government will soon launch second Green Public Procurement plan

    11 Oct 18: Government will soon launch the second Green Public Procurement plan for public consultation, Environment Minister Jose Herrera said today during a business breakfast on the occasion of International E-Waste Day. The minister addressed a business breakfast with the theme: ‘Repair, Repurpose, Recycle’ as part of the activities associated with International E-Waste Day.

    Africa: African Procurement Leaders commit to implementing innovative technologies

    08 Oct 2018: Heads of Public Procurement Regulatory Authorities in Africa signed a declaration to commit to implementing innovative technologies. Thirteen heads pledged to improve procurement processes with the use of technology following the Global Pubic Procurement Conference held in Washington DC. The meeting to sign the Digital Revolutions in Public Procurement declaration was led by the Inter-American Development Bank and the African Development Bank.

    Canada: Government of Canada announces procurement of new four-season lighted navigation buoys for the Canadian Coast Guard

    05 Oct 2018: The Government of Canada is investing in new four-season lighted navigation buoys to ensure the Canadian Coast Guard has the equipment it needs to keep Canadian seafarers and waterways safe. On behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced today the Canadian Coast Guard will receive 184 four-season lighted navigation buoys to be deployed …

    Bulgaria: Bulgarian Parliament Approves E-platform for Public Procurement

    04 Oct 2018: The Parliament introduced an electronic procurement platform by approving on second reading amendments to the law on public procurement, Focus News Agency reports. According to the approved texts, procurement shall be carried out by electronic means through a centralised electronic platform. The platform will include public procurement announcements and documents, inquiries and clarifications, invitations, applications and bids, evaluation of the offers, contracting, etc.

    India: Leveraging procurement for Make in India

    02 Oct 2018: A modest beginning to use public procurement to support domestic industry was made last year when the government decided to mandate preference to domestic suppliers in public procurement. Procurement by the government and its agencies constitutes a significant share of the market in many segments. The established systems for procurement are designed to ensure fair and competitive bidding. These are reviewed from time to time to increase transparency.

    Australia: NSW govt cyber security strategy emerges from the NIST

    28 Sep 2018: The NSW government has unveiled its inaugural cyber security strategy, promising to introduce mandatory incident reporting and strengthen coordination in a bid to build a holistic approach to incident prevention and response. It sets out an integrated approach to manage cyber security risks and respond to incidents across government.

    India: GeM Of An Idea: Government’s E-Marketplace Records More Than 8 Lakh Transactions Worth Over Rs 12,000 Crore

    28 Sep 2018: In  two years of its operations, Government e-Marketplace (GeM) has recorded till date more than 8 lakh transactions worth over Rs 12,239 crore, PIB has reported. GeM was conceived as an open, transparent, efficient and inclusive platform providing savings to the government in its procurement activities. GeM has 27.9 thousand buyer organisations registered and about 1.43 lakh sellers. Service providers offered more than 4.86 lakh products and services ….

    New Zealand: Auditor-General to study chief digital officer’s role in procurement

    27 Sep 2018: The role of the government chief digital officer will be one area of focus in the Auditor-General's review of government procurement, a paper released today reveals. The paper charts Auditor-General John Ryan's proposed approach to a three-year study of government procurement, saying it is important New Zealanders get the best possible outcomes from the significant public spending on goods and services.

    United States of America: California governor signs RNG procurement bill into law

    25 Sep 2018: On Sept. 23, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 1440, which authorizes a state procurement program for renewable natural gas (RNG). SB 1440 was the second piece of RNG legislation signed by Brown in late September. Both bills were sponsored by the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas. SB 1440 authorizes the California Public Utilities Commission to adopt a biomethane procurement program that benefits rate payers, is cost-effective, and advances the state’s environmental and energy policies.

    India: Government e Marketplace (GeM) to streamline Govt procurement: Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu

    25 Sep 2018: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Monday informed that more than 26,000 government agencies have been incorporated in the Government e Marketplace (GeM) including above one lakh onboard with more than Rs 10,500 crore transactions having taken place so far in the country. Launching the nation-wide mission for promotion of GeM here at the Legislative Assembly complex, he said the mission aimed at bringing in more transparency and streamlining the government procurement.

    India: Government mulls nationwide specifications for public procurement as part of industrial policy

    24 Sep 2018: The government is considering developing nationwide specifications for public procurement of goods by Central government agencies to encourage domestic suppliers to plan their production schedule, an official said. The proposal is likely to be included in the new industrial policy being prepared by the commerce and industry ministry. The policy may also suggest extending the offset policy in public…

    Philippines: ‘Virtual store’ for gov’t procurement set for nationwide rollout

    19 Sep 2018: The state procurement agency has opened a "virtual store" for common supplies and equipment to make transactions faster, the Department of Budget and Management said Wednesday. Agencies using the Procurement Service-Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System or PS-PhilGEPS can use electronic wallets for payment, with deliveries within 3 days for agencies in Metro Manila, the DBM said in a statement.

    United Kingdom: UK to develop new government procurement site in the event of no-deal Brexit

    17 Sep 2018: European law dictates that all contract notices from UK public-sector entities whose value is above the relevant threshold must be published on the Tenders Electronic Daily (TED) website. TED, which publishes more than half a million notices each year, is the online database of the Official Journal of the European Union. Central government organisations must publish via TED all notices for the supply of products, services, and consultancy whose estimated value is at least £118,433, excluding VAT. For the wider public sector, the value threshold for OJEU publication is £181,302.

    Philippines: Duterte will form ‘super body’ to handle all gov’t procurement

    16 Sep 2018: President Rodrigo Duterte will form a five-person commission that would handle all government purchases as part of his effort to cleanse the government of corruption. Duterte said the commission, to be composed of people who are "adept in accounting and auditing," would prevent overpricing, ghost deliveries and collusion among bidders.

    Trinidad and Tobago: Procurement Board: Follow existing guidelines

    14 Sep 2018: THE Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property (Amendment) Bill, 2015 is not yet law but the Procurement Board of Trinidad and Tobago has reminded Government that best practice and existing guidelines should still be followed. Chairman of the board, Moonilal Lalchan, said in an interview on Thursday that a Procurement Act is still in place, as well as guidelines according to the Central Tenders Board, that should apply even to Government-to-Government arrangements.

    Papua New Guinea: Parliament passes National Procurement Bill

    13 Sep 2018: PARLIAMENT has passed the National Procurement Bill that abolishes the Central Supply and Tenders Board and creates the new National Procurement Commission. The new law also provides procurement threshold, giving local companies exclusive rights to bid for State contracts valued at under K10 million. Finance Minister James Marape, who introduced the Bill, said it is part of the Public Finance Management reform underway targeting state agencies …

    India: Plan for procurement of 1,000 electric buses in 4 months: Delhi govt

    11 Sep 2018: The Delhi government had earlier told the apex court that an 'in-principle approval' has been given by the council of ministers for procurement of 1,000 low-floor electric buses. The Delhi government Tuesday told the Supreme Court that the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS), appointed as a consultant for procurement of 1,000 low-floor electric buses here, has sought four months time to come out with a plan on it.

    Philippines: Firms urged to bid for govt procurement deals

    10 Sep 2018: The Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) called on the private sector to participate in biddings for government procurement deals after upgrading its portal. PhilGEPS Executive Director Rosa Clemente said over the weekend that the government is now upgrading the procurement system. Clemente said this is expected to increase not only the number of users but also improve the quality of auctioned goods or services due to competition.

    Rwanda: Rwanda became the first African country with an electronic procurement system

    08 Sep 2018: In an effort to reduce corruption, improve transparency and efficiency, and minimize potential collusion among bidders, several countries are establishing electronic government procurement systems, also known as e-GP systems. Rwanda is one of those countries. In fact, it is the first African country to implement an e-GP system nationally, and in a shorter span of time compared to other countries. Rwanda’s e-GP journey has the potential of creating a ripple effect across the continent and beyond.

    Ghana: Public Procurement Authority’s due diligence pays off – Chief Executive

    07 Sep 2018: The Public Procurement Authority (PPA) says it has saved the nation nearly 1.6 billion Ghana cedis, over the past one-and-half-years, through effective value for money analyses of applications it received for sole sourcing and restricted tendering. Briefing the journalists, in Accra, Thursday on initiatives by the PPA to safeguard the public purse, the Chief Executive Officer, ……..

    India: India’s digital procurement chief to speak at Innovation Labs World

    06 Sep 2018: The Chief Executive of India’s new Government e-Marketplace will speak at Innovation Labs World in Singapore. Radha Chauhan will share India’s vision for a pioneering scheme to develop a digital procurement platform for the whole of the government. “The clear mandate was to explore creation of an Amazon or Flipkart-like portal, exclusively for the Government to procure its goods and services on an open marketplace,” she said.

    Ghana: Ghanaian Government seeks to restore public faith in procurement

    04 Sep 2018: Public procurement in Ghana is undergoing a complete overhaul, all in a bid to increase transparency and reduce the likelihood of corruption. The importance of public procurement, largely considered to be a business process within a political system, cannot be overemphasised. In developing economies, a huge amount of the national budget is used to build roads, schools and hospitals, as well as other vital amenities.

    India: Delhi Transport Corporation Approves Procurement of 1,000 Low-Floor AC Buses

    30 Aug, 2018: The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) approved procurement of 1,000 low-floor air-conditioned buses, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said. He said the proposal will soon be tabled before the Cabinet, headed by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, for its approval. "The DTC Board approves engagement of 1,000 Low Floor AC buses. The Cabinet approval will now be sought," Gahlot tweeted. At present, 1,648 buses are being run by the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) under Cluster scheme.

    India: Procurement centres to be set up at panchayat level

    30 Aug 2018: The Jammu and Kashmir government will set up procurement centres at panchayat level in Jammu region to procure food grains in an effort to strengthen cooperative societies. Interacting with a delegation of Jammu and Kashmir Kissan Tehreek during a public outreach programme here, Advisor to Governor said the centres will procure paddy , maize and wheat. Over350 people in in 30 delegations from across Jammu met the advisor and appraised him of their grievances.

    Malaysia: Govt to implement Zero-based Budgeting for procurement process

    28 Aug 2018: The government is set to implement a Zero-Based Budgeting (ZBB) system as part of its procurement process in the pursuit of good governance practice. Finance Ministry Special Officer Tony Pua said the new budgeting system initiated by the ministry was expected to be implemented this year. “This is a budgeting system where you (ministries and government agencies) start from scratch. You do not go by the previous government’s budgeting structure.

    Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka to fast track payments to contractors, amend procurement rules

    27 Aug 2018: Sri Lanka will fast-track outstanding payments to suppliers and revise procurement rules, the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said following industry lobbying. “This has become an issue," Wickremesinghe told contractors sector after opening a construction sector exhibition."I have said to identify the agencies where payment is really behind time. Then then we will work on it,” He said some government agencies are not paying the oldest debtor first. Some contractors get paid first if they have political favour, he said.

    Kenya: KHRC is Only Independent Commission to Have Complied with AGPO – Treasury

    27 Aug 2018: A report by the National Treasury shows that only one of the 12 independent commissions has complied with President Uhuru Kenyatta's directive on procurement. In 2013, the Head of State directed that the procurement rules be amended to allow 30 percent contracts to be given to the youth, women and persons with disability without competition from established firms.

    Ghana: Akufo-Addo to receive prestigious procurement award

    24 Aug 2018: President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will, on 7th September 2018, be the recipient of the prestigious OUTSTANDING CHANGE LEADERSHIP AWARD at the 2018 edition of the Ghana Procurement & Supply Chain Awards, which will be held at the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel, Accra, Ghana. The award is in recognition of the president’s institution of an unprecedented paradigm shift in procurement and supply chain management which, today, ….

    Kenya: 400 procurement, accounting heads cleared in vetting

    20 Aug 2018: Four hundred officers have been cleared in the ongoing vetting being conducted on public servants in line with a directive issued by President Uhuru Kenyatta on June 1. President Kenyatta had in his Madaraka Day speech ordered a lifestyle audit in government institutions beginning with Heads of Procurement and Accounting Units to expose those linked to graft in part of the ongoing war against corruption.

    Nigeria: Finance ministry, BPP‎ move to strengthen procurement process in MDAs

    16 Aug 2018: Federal Ministry of Finance has in collaboration with the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) has introduce measures to strengthen procurement process in Ministries Deparment and Agencies (MDAs). This was disclosed in Bauchi by the Technical Assistant, Efficiency Unit Federal Ministry of Finance Mike Ibiam at the opening of a two day sensitization workshop on the price checker organized by the Unit and the Bureau of Public Procurement to vendors and staff of federal and state Ministries, Departments and Agencies drawn from the North East zone.

    New Zealand: NZ Government opens digital procurement channel

    10 Aug 2018: “Marketplace is all about government and the wider market working together to achieve better outcomes for all New Zealanders. It’s an example of transformational thinking in action,” says Government Digital Services Minister Clare Curran. “It’s been co-designed by suppliers and government agencies as part of an ongoing effort to change how we work together. It’ll dramatically reduce barriers for suppliers engaging with government – and make procurement easier for agencies.

    Nigeria: Leakage blockage: FG introduces e-procurement

    09 Aug 2018: The Federal Government has introduced a price checker portal and an e-procurement to check sharp practices in the procurement of non-customised goods in MDAs.This was disclosed by the Head of the Efficiency Unit of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Mr. Ojonimi Imaji, during a two-day sensitisation programme on the price checker and e-procurement organised for financial officers from the North West held in Kano.

    India: 25,000 government organisations registered with GeM for public procurement

    08 Aug 2018: Over 25,000 government organisations from centre, state and public sector units are registered with the online platform of the commerce ministry to procure goods and services. The ministry launched Government e-Marketplace (GeM), an online platform for public procurement in August 2016 with the objective of creating an open and transparent procurement platform for government.

    United Kingdom: The Department for Transport (DfT) has committed to spending a third of its procurement budget with SMEs by 2022.

    08 Aug 2018: Under its SME Action Plan the department explains how we will contribute towards the Government’s aspiration that 33% of procurement spend will be with SMEs by March 2022. DfT is embedding the measures set out in the Procurement Policy Notice (PPN) 0118 to help level the playing field for smaller business. Transport minister Jo Johnson said: 'With this new action plan, ..

    Australia: NSW govt rolls fix for IT procurement

    08 Aug 2018: The NSW government is fast adopting a new “holistic” approach to IT procurement that has resulted in a complete rethink of how agencies and suppliers interact. The work has culminated in the development of the new buy.nsw procurement platform, which aims to simplify the process of buying and selling IT for suppliers and agencies.

    New Zealand: Cabinet to consider govt procurement

    06 Aug 2018: Cabinet will consider whether government ministries should take a longer-term approach to construction negotiations after Ebert Construction was tipped into receivership, sparking wider concerns about cost pressures in the construction industry.Jenny Salesa, Minister for Building and Construction, this morning announced she will take an oral item to Cabinet today on contracting in the government sector, and ensuring departments adhere to the Ministry …

    India: 22 states sign up for making procurement via govt portal

    06 Aug 2018: Twenty-two states, including Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, have signed an MoU for making procurement through the Government e- Marketplace (GeM) portal mandatory in the state. This information was given by the Minister of State of Commerce and Industry CR Chaudhary in a written reply in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

    Zambia: 19300 Suppliers go on online procurement

    01 July 2018: The Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA)  has registered 19,347 suppliers on the electronic government procurement (E-GP) system from January to yesterday.And 257 tenders worth K54.1 million have been processed by ZPPA since the establishment of the electronic system. ZPPA public relations and communications principal officer John Chipandwe said the programme is aimed at addressing the problem of lengthy procurement procedures.

    United Kingdom: Cabinet Office ‘should make procurement guidance mandatory’ for departments

    24 July 2018: The Cabinet Office needs to “ensure its authority is better felt” in procurement by making its contracting guidelines mandatory for departments, MPs have said. The Public Accounts Committee said that following the collapse of contractor Carillion it is crucial that government embeds procurement best practice in departments. In a new report the committee found that current processes incentivise a focus on successful tendering, rather than ensuring the right supplier is awarded a contract.

    United Kingdom: DfE wants help to enable schools to save money on procurement

    17 July 2018: The Department for Education (DfE) needs a service design partner to deliver an alpha for the Buying for Schools Digital Platform to help schools save money on procurement. The DfE developed the Schools Buying Strategy to help schools save £1bn of their current £10bn spend on non-staff costs by 2020. DfE believes that developing the Buying for Schools digital service will be a critical enabler for work under this strategy, and act as a catalyst for behavioural change in schools to encourage better resource management.

    Russia: Russian President calls for reform of national drugs procurement system

    16 July 2018: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has instructed the national government to consider the possibility of reforming the current system of state purchases of drugs in Russia, according to recent statements of the press-service of the Russian Presidential Administration, reports The Pharma Letter’s local correspondent. As part of these plans, a single platform for public procurements of drugs will be established.

    Nigeria: Nigerian Railway launches procurement project

    26 July 2018: NIGERIAN Railway Corporation (NRC) invites suppliers and consultants to pre-qualify for several projects under its 2018 budget for its narrow and standard-gauge networks, including new trains. The projects include: • procurement of locomotives, coaches, freight wagons, railway inspection vehicles and cranes • procurement of rolling stock consumables such as lubricants and spare parts etc

    Nigeria: KOGI: FG to introduce price-checks in procurement process

    21 July 2018: The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has said the federal government would soon introduce a price-checker platform in its bid to ensure efficiency, curb corruption and wastages in government procurement processes. She stated this yesterday in Lokoja at a two-day sensitisation programme on “Price checker and e-procurement” organised by the Efficiency Unit of the Federal Ministry of Finance….

    Nigeria: LASG seeks transparency in procurement process

    09 July 2018: The Lagos State Government has urged senior workers in accounts departments in state offices to ensure fair procurement and payment processes and show transparency in the use of public funds. The Accountant General, Mrs Abimbola Umar, stated this at the second quarterly technical meeting organised by the state Treasury Office. She told directors/heads of finance and accounts departments in all the ministries, departments and agencies that the success story of Lagos in the area of effective management of its resources

    New Zealand: New Zealand to launch digital marketplace for government procurement

    31 July 2018: The New Zealand government will next month launch an online procurement marketplace, attempting to give the smaller players access to more jobs and provide a more transparent approach to how contracts are awarded. "We know that traditional procurement models are really no longer fit for purpose in many ways in the context of the increasing pace of technological change," New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs deputy chief executive of service and system transformation Tim Occleshaw said.

    Kenya: KPC adopts new online procurement platform

    31 July 2018: Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) has completed its migration of their manual procurement to the new Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) platform. The SRM solution will offer an online e-procurement platform through which KPC will automate its entire procurement processes. SRM will hasten the Procure-to-Pay processes through automating, simplifying and centralising the process flow. KPC managing director Joe Sang hopes the firm would achieve optimal automation of its procurement processes with the finalising of the project.

    Kenya: Let vetting lead to integrity in all the stages of procurement

    07 July 2018: We could rightly say that people, process and technology are the key elements for successful transformation of the enterprise called Kenya. The vetting of heads of procurement and accounting units focuses on the first and most important element — the people. Other than procurement and accounts, we must not lose sight of the need to vet all professionals involved in procurement. Defining and implementing articulate processes and application of suitable technologies are equally important elements for successful transformation.

    Jamaica: Procurement Regulations Passed in Senate

    17 July 2018: The Public Procurement Regulations 2018 and the Public Procurement (Reconsideration and Review) Regulations were approved by members of the Senate on July 13. Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, said a third, the Public Procurement (Registration and Classification of Suppliers) Regulations, 2018, is expected to be tabled at a later date.

    India: Govt’s plan for PSUs to procure from Dalit SMEs fails to take off

    23 July 2018: The government’s ambitious plan to get Central PSUs to make 4% of their procurement from Dalit enterprises has not made much headway over the last six years. In 2017-18, Central PSUs bought Rs 543.86 crore worth goods and services from SC/ST enterprises, accounting for just 0.46% of their total procurement of Rs 1,16,837.27 crore. Five years ago, in 2012-13, SC/ST enterprises sold ……..

    India: Over 550 startups mentored for incubation and funding support: MoS Commerce & Industry

    23 July 2018: For incubation and funding support more than 550 Startups have been mentored, 2,20,000 registrations have been achieved and over one lakh queries have been handled by the Startup India Hub as of June, 2018, the Parliament was informed.The Minister of State of Commerce and Industry, C. R. Chaudhary told the Lok Sabha that as many as eighty incubation centers including Atal Incubation Centres and Established Incubation Centres have been selected …..

    India: Govt Procurement Will Determine Impact of MSP On Inflation

    13 July 2018: The impact of the recent increase in Minimum Support Price (MSP) on inflation would largely depend upon how the procurement will happen, noted the State Bank Of India in a latest update. Recently, Government hiked the minimum support price (MSP) of 14 Kharif (summer sown) crops by at least 1.5 times of the cost of production to address farmer’s distress in India.

    India: EESL scraps its second tender for procurement of 10,000 e-cars

    12 July 2018: State-run Energy Efficiency Services(EESL) has scrapped its second tender for procurement of 10,000 electric cars as the industry awaits clarification on specifications for chargers which will allow higher end, luxury automakers to come into the picture.  This tender was floated in April, and had been on hold after a preliminary pre-bid meeting. A similar tender was floated in August last year, and the rollout of 10,000 cars under the tender was expected to be complete by March 2019.

    Ghana: Government Electronic procurement starts in October

    26 July 2018: Mrs Rhoda Ewurabena Appiah, Head of Corporate Affairs and Administration of the Public Procurement Authority has said that government will start the electronic procurement system by October this year. She said this will enable government to arrest corrupt practices that drains the country of huge sums of money adding that, firms which do not pay their Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) contributions of their employees or not honouring their tax obligations would also be checked

    France: New Programme Aims to Improve Infrastructure Procurement Capacity in Africa

     14 July 2018: The Africa Infrastructure Fellowship Programme (AIFP) was today announced by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to France’s Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs. The World Economic Forum, the Global Infrastructure Hub and the private investment firm Meridiam have partnered to create the Africa Infrastructure Fellowship Programme (AIFP), an initiative to help African governments strengthen internal procurement ….

    Canada: Applications Now Open For Government’s $100 Million Startup Procurement Program

    17 July 2018:  The Canadian government announced it is inviting small businesses to develop products and solutions addressing five government challenges through the Innovative Solutions Program. The Innovative Solutions Program was first announced in Budget 2017, where the government committed $50 million to increase procurement from startups. In December 2017, the government said that 20 departments and agencies will participate in the program to provide funding ….

    Canada: Government of Canada awards contract for electronic procurement solution

    05 July 2018: The Government of Canada is committed to improving the way it does business, including finding ways to make procurement processes simpler, more accessible and less administratively burdensome for suppliers. Moving federal procurement online is critical to changing the way government and suppliers interact to buy and sell goods and services, which total approximately $25 billion annually.

    Botswana: Botswana vows transparency in public procurement

    11 July 2018: Botswana's government departments have been challenged to improve transparency in dealings with the private sector through clear tender documents. "We need to avoid conflict of interest and undue influence and act ethically and professionally at all times," said Bridget Poppy John, Executive Chairperson of Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) on Tuesday in Gaborone, capital of Botswana.

    Bermuda: Govt Reform, Post Office, Procurement & More

    25 July 2018: Government’s strategic plan, post office reform, the planned e-gazette, and the implementation of the Code of Practice for Project Management and Procurement were some of the topics covered as Minister for the Cabinet Office with Responsibility for Government Reform Lovitta Foggo provided an update on the activity within the Ministry over the past year. Minister Foggo said, …

    Australia: Victorian Government moves on green procurement

    06 July 2018: Recycling industry applauds the Andrews Government’s $37 million package to boost the market for recycled materials in the state, which follows Senate inquiry’s recommendation that governments adopt green procurement. Victoria’s new Recycling Industry Strategic Plan, which will drive demand for products containing recycled materials through government procurement, has been welcomed by recycling and resource recovery businesses.

    Africa: USTDA, AfDB expand procurement partnerships in Africa

    03 July 2018: The African Development Bank has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to partner under USTDA’s Global Procurement Initiative: Understanding Best Value.  The initiative was launched in 2013 to help public procurement officials establish policies and practices that integrate life-cycle cost analyses and best-value determination fairly and transparently.

    Australia: Australia receives support to join WTO Government Procurement Agreement

    29 June 2018: Australia received support to join the World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) overnight, following almost three years of negotiations under a Coalition Government. The GPA is a significant international trade agreement that will open the door for Australian businesses to government procurement markets estimated to be worth more than US$1.7 trillion.

    Australia: Australia buys into global procurement scheme

    28 June 2018: The Minister for Trade has welcomed progress in Australia’s bid to join an international agreement on Government procurement that could result in Australian suppliers entering a market worth $2.3 trillion. Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Steve Ciobo said that after almost three years of negotiations, Australia had received support to join the World Trade Organisation Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA).

    United Kingdom: Government vows to build social value into big procurement deals

    26 June 2018: Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster David Lidington, announced that the government “will extend the requirement of the Social Value Act in central government to ensure that all major procurements explicitly evaluate social value, where appropriate, rather than just consider it.” “We will also require all departments in central government to regularly report on the social impact of new procurements, and we will train all 4,000 …….

    Slovak: Government wants to curb procurement watchdog powers concerning EU funds

    26 June 2018: The Office of the Deputy PM for Investment and Informatisation, currently with Richard Raši of Smer at its helm, says it wants to increase transparency and make the drawing of EU funds easier. As part of its efforts, it proposes curbing the powers of the Public Procurement Office (ÚVO) in its proposed amendment on the public procurement law, the TASR newswire reported. Raši and his office argue that ministries already audit the orders ….

    Malaysia: Government to review procurement process for drugs

    25 June 2018: The Government will be reviewing the procurement process of medicines, said Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad. “We are committed to do a critical review to achieve supply chain optimisation. We want to make sure the procurement cost of drugs and other consumables will not be so high,” he told reporters on Monday (June 25) after a talk organized by ….

    India: Competitive Bidding Guidelines for Power Procurement from Solar Projects Amended

    20 June 2018: The Ministry of Power (MoP), Government of India, has amended the competitive bidding guidelines for the procurement of power from grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. The amended guidelines are expected to help the sector grow as developers will now have ample time to execute quality projects.

    Kenya: CAK, Procurement Authority sign pact to promote fair procurement in Kenya

    20 June 2018: The Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) and the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) have on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at promoting a fair, competitive and sound public procurement environment in Kenya. The MoU will see the two regulators collaborate when handling anti-competitive behavior in the public procurement sector, including sharing information when conducting inquiries and investigations with a focus on collusive tendering.

    Kenya: Government to enhance Transparency mechanisms in public procurement

    19 June 2018: The government will make public projects being undertaken by the private sector under the Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in a bid to promote transparency and end graft. This was announced by National Treasury CS Henry Rotich when he launched the PPP Projects Disclosure Portal, a website portal that will provide timely data on the infrastructure investment deals with the private sector. The new portal is available on the link www.pppunit.go.ke/disclosure portal.

    Jamaica: Senate Passes Amendments to Public Procurement Act

    17 June 2018: The Senate, on Friday (June 15), passed the Public Procurement (Amendment) Act 2018, which seeks to regulate the procurement of goods, works and services by entities of Government. The legislation, which was piloted by Leader of Government Business and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith was passed with three changes.

    Sri Lanka: New Guidelines for Procurement of goods and services gazette

    16 June 2018: The National Procurement Commission (NPC) has gazetted for the first time since 2006 new guidelines for the procurement of goods, works, services and information systems as well as selection and employment of consultants by Government institutions. The 117-page document will replace all previous procurement guidelines, circulars and directives. The new guidelines constitute national policy and are mandatory and applicable to all procurements …

    Namibia: Procurement board makes progress

    16 June 2018: The Central Procurement Board of Namibia has approved 17 procurement plans valued at N$2,5 billion since last year. Patrick Swartz, who is the board chairperson, revealed this yesterday during a media briefing when he gave the Central Procurement Board Namibia's (CPBN) progress report in Windhoek.

    Bangladesh: Govt will now go for direct procurement

    15 June 2018: The government has backtracked on its stance of going for a limited tendering for its billion dollar digital connectivity project to be bankrolled by Exim Bank of China. Now, Beijing-nominated China Railway International Group will directly be appointed to establish the massive fibre optical connectivity across the country. In a meeting with the prime minister's ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy in December last year, it…

    Kenya: Court throws out order stopping vetting of procurement officers

    13 June 2018: The government has welcomed the decision by Employment and Labour Relations court to allow all Government Procurement, accounting and finance officers to proceed on a 30 day compulsory leave to allow their employer time to vet them a fresh. This is after the court set aside an earlier order it had issued stopping the vetting.

    New South Wales: NSW government turns to Microsoft for procurement monitoring

    12 June 2018: The New South Wales government has announced signing Microsoft to help it commercialise its data science capabilities, initially focusing on the state's AU$30 billion procurement spend. The NSW Data Analytics Centre (DAC), stood up in August 2015, will work with the local arm of Microsoft to offer data-related products both inside and outside of government, and "turbo-charge" the government's digital and data agenda.

    Jamaica: Procurement Commission to be Established by Year End

    09 June 2018: Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, has announced that a Procurement Commission is to be established by year end. Speaking at Sterling Asset Management Limited’s annual investor forum briefing, at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston, on June 7, the Minister said the Commission will oversee the government procurement process, for which the existing regime is being revamped, consequent on amendments to the Procurement Act, which was passed in Parliament recently.

    New Zealand: NZ’s First Public Sector Social Procurement Conference

    07 June 2018: New Zealand’s First Public Sector Social Procurement Conference. As the leader in public sector social procurement, The Southern Initiative has responded to requests from around the country to host New Zealand’s first conference on the subject. More than 100 public sector employees from around the country have signed up for Creating Shared Prosperity through Public Procurement 2018 at Grid AKL in Madden St, Wynyard Quarter this Friday, June 8.

    Singapore: Singapore pushes to simplify procurement for SMEs

    07 June 2018: The Singapore Government is simplifying procurement processes to encourage small and medium companies to work with it.  SMEs accounted for almost two-thirds of all ICT contracts subsequently awarded by the Government in 2017, according to the Government Technology Agency, and it expects to continue this trend in 2018. “If you look at the procurement cycle, especially for big projects, ..

    Malaysia: Govt to review rice monopoly, public procurement system

    06 June 2018: The government will study the monopoly policy of the previous administration and decide if it should be abolished, expanded or have its reach limited, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. "There is a monopoly on the import of rice into Malaysia but there are other monopolies including procurement," said the prime minister.

    Geneva: Britain asks to join WTO procurement deal in latest Brexit step

    03 June 2018: Britain has officially applied to join the World Trade Organization’s government procurement agreement, a legal step it needs to take to maintain trading relationships after it leaves the European Union on March 29, 2019. Staying in the WTO is potentially important so that British companies can still bid for government work in the United States, European Union and Japan. Britain is a member of the agreement now only by virtue of its EU membership.

    India: PSB-funded power projects may have to procure local equipment

    30 May, 2018: The government is considering making it mandatory for all power projects funded by state-run banks to procure local equipment. A public procurement mechanism with purchase preference to domestic equipment manufacturers for future electricity generation, transmission and distribution projects is in the works, a senior government official said. The mechanism will apply to any procurement order funded by government lenders. In line with the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion’s public procurement order 2017...

    Canada: Public Services and Procurement Canada responds to release of Auditor General’s spring reports

    29 May, 2018: The Auditor General tabled his Spring 2018 Auditor General of Canada Reports, which examined the building and implementation of Phoenix, as well as the disposal of surplus government goods and services. Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) accepts the recommendations in both chapters and has already taken steps to fully implement them. In response to the recommendations, we are strengthening policy instruments, governance structures and project management approaches around government-wide information technology initiatives.

    India: New web portal, app for ratification of power procurement payments

    29 May, 2018: The Central government on Tuesday launched "PRAAPTI" -- a web portal and mobile application for payment ratification and analysis in power procurement. The mobile App -- Payment Ratification and Analysis in Power Procurement for Bringing Transparency in Invoicing of Generators (PRAAPTI) -- was launched by Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power R.K. Singh.

    Australia: NSW Government boosts Aboriginal procurement

    25 May 2018: Three percent of the NSW Government’s goods and services contracts will be offered to Aboriginal owned businesses under the state’s new Aboriginal Procurement Policy, which the government says will support 1,000 Aboriginal jobs a year over three years. Given it spends $20 billion each year on goods and services contracts, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the State Government was in a unique position to offer practical support for the creation of Aboriginal employment.

    South Africa: State’s procurement pot must be guarded jealously – Finance Minister

    22 May 2018: Government sorely needs a top-to-bottom check-up on its procurement of goods and services, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene told Parliament on Tuesday. Tabling his budget vote, Nene said economic recovery and further confidence depended on the state's ability to function more efficiently. Audit outcomes of state departments and entities – procuring billions each in goods and services...

    India: FinMin presses agri ministry for reworking MSP procurement models

    21 May 2018: The Centre had indicated funds wouldn’t be a constraint when it came to fulfilling the key announcement of developing a fool-proof procurement model for crops whose prices have fallen below the minimum support price (MSP). But, the finance ministry is learnt to have told the agriculture ministry that it won’t be possible to bear any annual expenditure which is more than Rs 200-250 billion in the long run.

    Kenya: ICT ministry to centralize Govt. tech procurement

    18 May 2018: The procurement of ICT goods and services by all government ministries and state corporations will be handled by the ministry of ICT from July this year. This in a bid to ensure the standardization of ICT equipment avoids duplication of ICT projects and wastage of resources. According to the ministry of ICT, all state procurement entities will now be required to submit their plans to his docket for consolidation before the purchase.

    Dominican Republic: Civil servants back from procurement training

    17 May, 2018: The training, conducted by World Bank procurement specialists, had the objectives of implementing the first two years of the Bank’s Procurement Regulations for IPF borrowers, based on experience of the borrowers with emphasis on how the regulations have been applied in the Caribbean; exploring the new instruments introduced by the regulations, including the Project Procurement Strategy for Development (PPSD) and the procurement plan; learning about the specific aspects of conducting procurement under the regulations; and a preview of the Bank’s new information technology (IT) platform for procurement.

    Australia: NSW Govt unveils new procurement platform

    16 May 2018: The NSW Government has unveiled details of its new buy.nsw procurement platform, the first part of which will go live on 31 May. The first release will work as a marketplace for buying and selling cloud software, cloud hosting and infrastructure; and cloud support services. Finance minister, Victor Dominello, said that one of the things the NSW Government needs to work on is procurement.

    Canada: CCAB Kicks Off Aboriginal Procurement Campaign to “Supply Change”

    10 May 2018: The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) is kicking off a major multi-year national campaign to harness the power of supply chains to add momentum to economic reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians. “There is a growing Aboriginal economy across Canada, a network of 43,000 Aboriginal businesses keen to play a bigger role in the national...

    Uganda: E-procurement to save government Shs700 billion

    28 Mar 2018: Government expects the number of bids on tenders to rise to between three to five per day once the electronic government procurement system (EGPS) starts, according to the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA). Speaking at the inaugural meeting of the project in Kampala on Tuesday, Mr Benson Turamye, the PPDA acting executive director…

    U.A.E: Government Procurement Programme leads to growth opportunities for SMEs: Hamdan

    27 Mar 2018: The total value of the contracts provided by Dubai SME for the Government Procurement Programme for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) grew from Dh857.76 million in 2016 to Dh1.5 billion during 2017, according to figures supplied by the Government of Dubai’s Media Office. The annual growth in contracts under the programme, which requires all Dubai Government and Government-owned entities to buy at least 10 per cent of purchases from Emirati-owned SMEs, was 74.9 percent.

    Romania: Romania’s Govt. plans to change public procurement law

    27 Mar 2018: Romania’s government will change the public procurement law by emergency ordinance, this month, according to deputy prime minister Paul Stanescu, who also runs the Regional Development Ministry. “I don’t know how it should look like, because I am no public procurement expert, but this month we will come up with a new public procurement law,” Stanescu said before…

    Philippines: WTO members press PHL to relax procurement rules

    27 Mar 2018: Several members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are pressuring the Philippines to harmonize its government procurement regime with multilateral trading rules by acceding to the Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA). According to documents obtained by the BusinessMirror from a Geneva-based trade official, some WTO members even told Manila that liberalizing the country’s government procurement rules will boost the Duterte administration’s massive infrastructure program.

    Bhutan: Two Bhutanese win South Asia Procurement Innovations Award 2017

    22 Mar 2018: A senior ICT associate of Construction Development Board (CDB), Chencho Tshering’s paper on “Web-based online evaluation tool (E-tool) for procurement of works by Royal Government of Bhutan” won the award, while an associate lecturer of Jigme Namgyal Engineering College in Dewathang, Samdrupjongkhar, Pema Wangchuk’s case study on ‘Successful Community Contracting in Bhutan-GNH Model for Procurement of Works….

    Nigeria: Nigerian govt warns ministries, agencies on procurement

    22 Mar 2018: The federal government has directed the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure that budget implementation follows procurement plans. It warned against any act not in tune with the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s drive to deliver dividends of democracy. Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, issued the directive yesterday in a new circular titled: ‘Need for proper compliance with …

    India: Govt notifies draft guidelines for public procurement of medical devices

    21 Mar 2018: Implants, hospital equipment and medical devices should have a minimum local content ranging from 25-50 per cent to qualify for public procurement, as per DoP's draft guidelines. According to the notification, in order to be eligible for public procurement, medical disposables and consumables will require a minimum local content of 50 per cent.

    India: New medical devices procurement guidelines propose to make 20-50% of components in India

    19 Mar 2018: The Department of Pharmaceuticals has proposed that domestically sourced components have to contribute to 25-50% of the cost of medical devices procured by the government, depending on the category of the device. A draft of the proposed guidelines, created to give preference to products made in India, has sought comments from all stakeholders by April 5. At the same time, the proposed guidelines lack measures to help the local industry grow and imposes conditions that may hurt the quality of medical devices procured through….

    India: PM Modi expresses concern on restrictive clauses hindering public procurement; MSMEs demand anonymous complaint mechanism

    17 Mar 2018: The Prime Minister during a review meeting, expressed concern at the restrictive and discriminatory clauses being imposed against domestic manufacturers and suppliers in tender documents for public procurement. These observations were made during the course of review of the implementation of the Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India) (PPP-MII) Order, 2017. “While the Government of India is committed to ensuring that both quality and price …

    South Africa: Minister seeks better monitoring of local procurement compliance

    15 Mar 2018: South Africa has seen a slippage in State entities’ compliance with local procurement regulations, which the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) seeks to rectify by introducing a tougher consequence management system. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Thursday that corruption often influenced tenders and procurement and that it had resulted in products being imported, rather than sourced locally…

    United Kingdom, Scotland: Scottish Government launches procurement to cover 4G mobile ‘notspots’

    15 Mar 2018: The Scottish Government has launched a procurement process for a project to address 4G mobile ‘notspots’ across Scotland. The £25m Scottish 4G Infill Programme will fund new mobile telephone masts in locations with no current 4G mobile coverage to improve connectivity for communities and businesses. Initially, 16 sites have been identified, and about 60 to 70 areas will be targeted throughout the project. The majority of the programme will focus on sites in the Highlands …

    Australia: Australia’s DTA to introduce new Hardware Marketplace online portal for ICT procurement

    09 Mar 2018: The new Hardware Marketplace will change the way government buys information and communication technology (ICT) products and services. Australia’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) is changing the way government buys information and communication technology (ICT) products and services.  Government agencies often buy ICT products through sellers on panels. These panels offer negotiated prices and terms and conditions, so government agencies are able to get the best value for money.

    Canada: Fairness in Procurement Act, 2018

    08 Mar 2018: Ontario is standing up for workers and businesses with the passage of the Fairness in Procurement Act, 2018. This Act allows Ontario to take responsive and proportional action to address discriminatory government procurement practices by U.S. subnational jurisdictions.  Buy American policies in the U.S. at the state level could restrict or inhibit Ontario-based businesses from participating …

    Barcelona: Manchester’s ‘social value’ procurement boosts local economy

    07 Mar 2018: Manchester City Council spends 71% of its procurement spending with local companies, according to new research. The analysis by the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) revealed that in 2016-17 the council spent around £320m on goods and services from Manchester businesses. This figure was just over 50% a decade ago. The council has been working with CLES for over 10 years …

    China: China lauds gov’t for improved procurement practices

    06 Mar 2018: The Chinese Government has applauded President Nana Akufo-Addo and the Minister of State in charge of Public Procurement, Sarah Adwoa Safo, for what it says is their commitment to protecting the public purse. The Chinese Government also said it was excited about the gains made by the Ghanaian Government in the area of public procurement ever since it assumed office in January 2017. “We were very impressed by the figures the President gave during …

    New Zealand: Improving public procurement capability will deliver value

    27 Feb 2018: Recent surveys have found strong support for improved procurement capability in New Zealand at both supplier and client levels.  Feedback from companies bidding for major contracts in New Zealand identified a number of shortfalls in current procurement practice. These include unreasonable deadlines, too much emphasis on price, misaligned questions, incorrect information in Request for Tender documents, and multiple changes to information provided to bidders – sometimes just days before submission deadlines.

    Malaysia: Apply World Bank’s procurement guidelines, Penang government

    23 Feb 2018: The Penang state government should implement the World Bank's procurement guidelines to prevent corruption and abuse of power, said a former member of the Board of Engineers Malaysia. Koon Yew Yin, who is also known for being an investor and a philanthropist, said the World Bank has procurement guidelines that all borrowers have to follow and this includes a system of calling for tenders.

    South Africa: Budget2018: Public Procurement Bill to give women and youth in business a leg up

    22 Feb, 2018: The long-awaited Public Procurement Bill will be submitted to Cabinet in March, paving the way for black-, youth- and women-owned businesses to get larger stakes in state procurement, which runs into billions of rand. This initiative was announced by finance minister Malusi Gigaba during the budget speech on Wednesday, 21 February. In 2015-16, the government's cumulative procurement budget was projected at R600bn, and it was to be divided among more than 1,000 procurement entities - from small municipalities and metros to national departments and state-owned companies.

    Macedonia: Macedonia introduces new procurement law to tackle corruption

    15 Feb, 2018: Macedonia's Public Procurement Bureau director Gjorgji Georgievski introduced Wednesday a new law on public procurement aimed at preventing corruption. Speaking at the first public debate on the new draft-law on public procurement, Georgievski said that the law was drafted in cooperation with the World Bank and aimed at including red flags in the e-public procurement system, which would indicate corruption.

    Canada: Governments should use procurement programs to help female entrepreneurs: report

    14 Feb, 2018: A new report is adding to the growing pressure on governments to use their multibillion-dollar buying power to help support businesses run by women and all signs suggest Ottawa has heard their cry. Much work remains to ensure female entrepreneurs can fully contribute to the Canadian economy, says the study, co-funded by the federal government. It recommends a simplified procurement process to recognize the needs of small businesses and companies operated by women.

    Kenya: Enhancing transparency in procurement crucial for SME growth

    12 Feb, 2018: In Africa and across the world, Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) play a key role in the economy, contributing significantly to the GDP of the countries they operate in and creating about 80 percent of all job opportunities. However, SMEs face unique challenges in participating in fair processes to win government business due to lack of transparency, capacity to supply the needed services and goods, finance to bid for opportunities and knowledge on existing business opportunities.

    Philippines: DoE issues power procurement circular

    10 Feb, 2018: In a move to foster competition and transparency and meet market demand at minimum cost, the Department of Energy (DoE) released a circular introducing the competitive selection process (CSP) for distribution utilities (DUs) wanting to secure power supply. Under Department Circular DC2018-02-0003, DUs shall comply with the standard procurement procedures and documents in securing electricity for its customers.

    India: 3rd Global Procurement Summit kicks off in New Delhi

    09 Feb, 2018: Eyeing at exploring the various dimensions of procurement mechanism, the 3rd Global procurement was inaugurated in the national capital recently. The 2-day summit is being organized by the All India Management Association (AIMA) along with World Bank and Government of India. During the inaugural address, Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan said that the government is committed to ensure transparency in public procurement.

    Philippines: DOTr: Bidding, procurement for 98 projects livestreamed in 2nd half of 2017

    09 Feb, 2018: The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Friday said it had livestreamed the bidding and procurement processes for 98 projects on their official Facebook page from May to December last year. In a statement, the DOTr Communications Office said a total of 42 livestream videos posted on Facebook in the seven-month period covered the pre-bidding for 48 projects and the opening of bids for 50 projects.

    South Africa: ‘Plans in place to make disaster procurement easier for drought-affected areas’

    08 Feb, 2018: The national government is putting plans in place to ensure disaster procurement can happen faster in drought-affected areas. The Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape have all declared provincial disaster areas, as a persistent drought grinds on. During a special meeting in Parliament this week, Cooperative Governance Minister Des van Rooyen raised concerns that provinces were not spending the disaster funds …

    Pakistan: Sindh procurement authority digitizes management system

    08 Feb, 2018: Amid widespread corruption allegations, the Sindh Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (SPPRA) launched new digitized Procurement Performance Management System (PPMS) here on Thursday. The launching ceremony was held at a local hotel in Karachi the meeting was attended by the Minister Food & Parliamentary Affairs and the SPPRA Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, the industries department secretary, Sindh planning & development chief economist, World Bank senior procurement specialist, of Transparency International Pakistan …

    Ireland: New rules in Ireland support PPPs, says Office of Government Procurement

    08 Feb, 2018: New guidance issued by the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) has opened the door to the establishment of new public-private partnerships (PPPs) in Ireland. The OGP said that laws set out in the EU's Concessions Directive "will facilitate the conclusion of concessions and, therefore, of public-private partnerships (PPP), encouraging new investments, promoting a quicker return to sustainable…

    India: Committed to fairness, transparency in public procurement: Govt

    08 Feb, 2018: The government attaches great importance to transparency in public procurement and it has raised citizens’ expectations in terms of outcomes of public spending, Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan said here on Thursday. The minister of state for finance in his inaugural address at the 3rd Global Procurement Summit also highlighted efforts of the government to promote sustainable procurement, especially in the case of promotion of LED lamps and electrification railways projects, among others.

    China: Huawei announces £3b UK procurement plan

    07 Feb, 2018: Huawei will procure a total of £3 billion in the UK over the next five years, it has announced after a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May in Beijing. Huawei has committed to £3 billion in procurement over the next five years in the United Kingdom, saying it will assist local companies increase their exports to China. According to Huawei, the deal, announced by Huawei chair Sun Yafang following a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May in Beijing last week, demonstrates the Chinese tech giant's "long-term commitment to the UK".

    Lagos: President Signs Executive Order to Enhance Local Content in Public Procurement

    06 Feb, 2018: President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in Abuja signed an Executive Order to enhance local content in public procurement. The order, according to his media aide, Mallam Garba Shehu, which consists of science, engineering and technology components, is expected to promote the application of science, technology and innovation towards achieving the nation’s development goals across all sectors of the economy.

    Rwanda: Self-regulatory body to enhance professionalism in public procurement

    05 Feb, 2018: Members of the Association of Procurement Professionals in Rwanda (APPR) have been tipped to enhance professionalism in public procurement to help achieve value for money. The call was made by Frank Muvunyi, the chairperson, during the association’s general assembly on Friday. Created in 2016, the body last Friday held its inaugural annual general assembly comprising procurement professionals in the country.

    India: Procedural fairness must in Govt procurement: Jaitley

    05 Feb 2018: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday said the Centre would have to ensure procedural fairness in matters of public procurement as well as in award of contracts, and warned that a ‘pick-and-choose’ system in commercial activities of the State would lead to allegations of corruption and nepotism. Inaugurating the South Asia Region Public Procurement Conference, the Minister said transparency and fairness enable a State to act in the best interest…

    Bermuda: Minister On Code Of Practice For Projects

    31 Jan 2018: Earlier today [Jan 31] Minister of Cabinet Office with Responsibility for Government Reform Lovitta Foggo met with the Chamber of Commerce to discuss the Code of Practice for Project Management and Procurement. Speaking at the presentation, Minister Foggo said, “Thank you for affording us a bit of time today to discuss the Government’s Code of Practice for Project Management and Procurement and its implementation.

    Lagos: 2017: Lagos Approves N320 Billion Procurement Requests

    31 Jan 2018: The Lagos State Public Procurement Agency, PPA, on Monday disclosed that it approved N320 billion procurement requests in 2017. This is coming as Governor Akinwunmi Ambode warned officers of the agency that his administration would not condone any act of misappropriation and misapplication of public funds.

    Philippines: To foster transparency, Palace requires procurement funds report submission

    31 Jan 2018: In a bid to advance the administration’s campaign against corruption in government, Malacañang has directed all government agencies to submit their reports on funds transferred to the Department of Budget and Management-Procurement Service (DBM-PS) for “monitoring and evaluation” purposes. Under Memorandum Circular (MC) no. 39, all heads of procuring entity (HOPE) of national government agencies (NGAs), government-owned and -controlled corporation (GOCCs), State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and local government units (LGUs), …

    Bermuda: Minister To Speak At Chamber On Procurement

    30 Jan 2018: Minister of Cabinet Office with Responsibility for Government Reform Lovitta Foggo will address members of the Chamber of Commerce regarding the Code of Practice for Project Management and Procurement. The meeting, which is for Chamber members only, will afford those present an opportunity to learn more about the new rules associated with doing business with the Government, ….

    India: Commerce Min coming up with advanced version of GeM portal

    30 Jan 2018: The commerce ministry today said it is coming up with a more dynamic and vibrant Government e- Market (GeM) portal for public procurement purposes. It said that GeM 3.0 would offer standardised and enriched catalogue management, powerful search engine, real time price comparison, template-based bid, demand aggregation, user rating and analytics. "GeM strives to keep pace with ever-evolving technological challenges and stake holder aspirations and in line with this endeavour, GeM is coming up with a scaled up third version," the ministry said in a statement.

    Rwanda: E-procurement system cuts malpractices in public tenders

    30 Jan 2018: An online-based procurement system, which the government rolled out six months ago, has proven to prevent malpractices which characterised public tenders such as falsification of documents and corruption, according to government officials and entrepreneurs. Last year, about 180 entrepreneurs were blacklisted [by the Rwanda Public Procurement Authority] over malpractices, including falsification of bidding documents.

    Philippines: Passage of Electricity Procurement Act of 2018 pushed

    29 Jan 2018: Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Sunday called on Congress to pass the measure seeking to create reforms in energy procurement to help ease the burden for electricity consumers. Gatchalian is referring to Senate Bill No. 1653, otherwise known as the Electricity Procurement Act of 2018, or “an act institutionalizing reforms in the procurement by distribution utilities …..

    Azerbaijan: Azerbaijan developing new law on public procurement

    29 Jan 2018: Azerbaijan is developing new law on public procurement, Azerbaijani Economy Minister Shahin Mustafayev said on January 29. He was addressing a conference on the fourth year of implementation of the State Program of Socio-Economic Development of Azerbaijan’s Districts for 2014-2018, held in the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku. Answering questions of entrepreneurs, the minister noted that the development of the new law will enter the last stage this year.

    India: Centre’s e-Market makes government’s procurement process transparent

    28 Jan 2018: The Central government’s initiative to provide a platform—Government e Market (GeM)—to ministries to buy items online has attracted traders from across the country, with more than 72,000 of them now registered with it. The portal—under the Suresh Prabhu-led Ministry of Commerce—which became operational around a year ago, now has more than 72,000 sellers and service providers registered with it, with an order value of Rs 4,145 crore.

    Zimbabwe: Govt lays out new procurement rules

    24 Jan 2018: Companies and individuals will not be allowed to trade with Government if they are not registered with the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe, previously known as the State Procurement Board. Further, bidders are now only allowed to submit company registration documents as opposed to the previous requirements that demanded numerous credentials. This is part of the new public procurement and disposal of public assets regulations issued by …..

    Trinidad: TTCIC in support of Procurement board

    23 Jan, 2018: The T&T Chamber of Industry and Commerce (TTCIC) has expressed its satisfaction with the appointment of a Procurement board as well as its members who were appointed in mid-January. The board is led by former President of the TTCIC Moonilal Lalchan who…

    South Africa: Procurement officials in Scopa’s sights

    21 Jan 2018: The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) is cracking down on corruption by demanding that state-owned entities (SOEs) and departments should present a list of vetted officials who work in procurement when they come to Parliament. Scopa chairperson Themba Godi said on Saturday the fact some of the officials who presided over tenders worth billions of rand were not vetted in line with a cabinet decision was a serious problem.

    Ghana: Procurement: Ghana government saved GHC 145m

    17 Jan 2018: President Nana Akufo-Addo has said his government saved GHS145million in 2017 by being strict on sole-sourcing. According to him, the John Mahama government made zero savings in that regard since sole-sourcing of contracts became the norm rather than the exception during that administration. Speaking at his second encounter with the media at the Flagstaff House in Accra on Wednesday, 17 January 2018, …

    Zimbabwe: Office of President warns on procurement corruption

    15 Jan 2018: The Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) has warned government employees in charge of procurement to avoid being used by politicians to engage in corrupt deals. “You will receive a lot of pressure from not only service providers, but also from politicians trying to influence how you make decisions and if you are professional enough, you should be able to weather the storm,” deputy chief secretary to the President and Cabinet Ray Ndhlukula said on Monday.

    Uganda: Uganda reviewing its public procurement laws- Finance Minister

    12 Jan 2018: While Uganda's Public Procurement law has been lauded by many, it suffers from a major loophole that allows contractors who lose out on contract awards to stall the procurement process. Uganda reviewing its public procurement laws- Finance Minister. Info. Shopping. Tap to unmute. If playback doesn't ...

    Cameroon: Public procurement contracts to be awarded before the end of April 2018

    11  Jan 2018: Abba Sadou, Cameroon’s minister of public procurements, has signed a circular asking the various managers of public assets to ensure that all public procurement contracts for 2018 are awarded latest by the end of April. This was revealed by Cyrille Edou Alo’o, director-general for the budget at the ministry of finance.

    Russia: Russia to limit publication of company, procurement data

    05 Jan 2018: The Russian government has passed a law granting the Cabinet the right to conceal information about commercial entities as well as individuals, in an apparent bid to head off the effect of fresh US sanctions that may target defence enterprises. The law was approved by Russia's lower house, the Duma, on 20 December, and the upper house on 26 December, and signed into effect by President Vladimir Putin at the end of the month, Russian news agency TASS reported.

    Canada: Government of Canada announces a new agile procurement initiative

    05 Jan 2018: The Government of Canada is committed to improving the accessibility of its online services and to making its procurement process simpler and less burdensome for small businesses. The Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board, today announced a new opportunity in the Government of Canada's agile procurement initiative. The government is seeking to improve online accessibility for Canadians, including those with disabilities,

    Nigeria: Govt Gets U.S.$550m From China for Satellites’ Procurement

    03 Jan 2018: The Chinese Exim Bank has agreed to pay the $550 million Nigeria needs to procure two new satellites, Communications Minister Adebayo Shittu said on Wednesday. The minister disclosed this to State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. Shittu said the Chinese bank agreed to this following the federal government's inability to meet up with its 15 percent counterpart funding.

    India: FISME invites cases from MSMEs regarding complication/irregularities in accessing public procurement

    01 Jan 2018: In an attempt to address the hurdles and complications faced by the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with regard to accessing the public procurement mechanism, Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME) is inviting MSMEs to share their cases and experience. While it is estimated that Government agencies and PSUs purchase goods and services worth Rs. 30 lakh crore every year, there is a speculation that …

    Zimbabwe: State Procurement Board Dissolved

    01 Jan 2018: Government is set to appoint a new regulatory authority- Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe- to deal with State procurement following the expiry of the term of office of the State Procurement Board. The Board was dissolved yesterday and Board members got their letters as Government moves in to bring efficiency, with procurement now reverting to accounting officers in their entities…

    India: PMO asks government departments to stick to policy on procurement

    22 Dec, 2017: The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has stepped in to ensure all government departments stick to official policy on procurement of locally produced steel for key infra projects. The move follows objection by domestic steel producers against Railways decision to buy rails through a global tender on December 18 for the first time. This move led to the rail and steel ministries locking horns over the issue. The latter felt decision to float a global tender went against the "Make in India" policy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    Australia: NSW Procurement Board provides greater guidance to government on international procurement obligations

    22 Dec, 2017: New guidelines will help government agencies to understand their obligations to comply with international free trade agreements and provide practical guidance during the procurement process. This month, the NSW Procurement Board published "International Procurement Agreements - Guidelines for NSW Government Agencies", providing direction to government on the application of international free trade agreements to government procurement and practical guidance during the procurement process.

    Australia: DTA appoints IT procurement chief

    21 Dec, 2017: The Digital Transformation Agency has appointed Westpac executive Anthony Vlasic as its first permanent chief procurement officer. He will take over from Angela Chow, who has been acting in the position since the DTA assumed the Department of Finance’s IT procurement responsibilities in May. Vlasic will be responsible for whole-of-government ICT procurement, including implementing the recommendations of the ICT procurement taskforce, when he joins the DTA’s Sydney office in early February.

    Bahama: New Procurement Bill Promised

    20 Dec, 2017: The Bahamian government is changing the way people and businesses bid for government contracts.  This  was revealed yesterday by Finance Minister Peter Turnquest at a press conference held in The Office of the Prime Minister at Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield Center. The government has introduced the opening of the E-Tendering and Supply registry, which will connect to the new Information and Communications Technology (ICT) system.  This system will align itself with the upcoming National Procurement Form under the public procurement act of 2018.

    Trinidad: President urged to give procurement details

    14 Dec, 2017: Transparency advocates Reginald Dumas and Victor Hart have urged President Anthony Carmona to give details of how a procurement regulator is to be appointed as a key step to effect procurement reform. The duo said the large-scale waste and theft of public money is one of the country’s most serious concerns, so the full implementation of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property Act is a matter of very high priority. That implementation must be done in a way to foster public confidence and set the table for a new era of proper dealings in the conduct of the nation’s public affairs.

    Canada: Canadian Government launching $100 million procurement program for start-ups

    14 Dec, 2017:  The Canadian government is launching a $100 million program dedicated to increasing its procurements from startups. The Innovative Solutions Canada program was first announced in the government’s budget 2017 released in March, when it said that $50 million would be set aside for this purpose. The program is modelled off the US Small Business Innovation Research Program, which sees federal agencies allocate 3.2 percent of their R&D budgets to supporting small businesses with their R&D.

    India: MAIT Conference Focuses On IT Procurement

    13 Dec, 2017: MAIT, the apex body representing India’s IT hardware, training and R&D service sectors organized  ‘National Conference on Government Procurement in Information Age’ in New Delhi that highlighted the importance of IT procurement practices, Model RFPs 2.0, e-Marketplace for government and semi-government organizations. The sessions addressed the needs of Public Sector Heads, Government Relation Heads and CFOs of companies working in Government IT Business...

    South Africa: Procurement policy already a success for SMMEs, says minister

    12 Dec, 2017: The procurement policy to support small-, micro-and medium-sized enterprises (SMMEs) under the amended procurement regulations has already achieved successes, Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu said on Tuesday. The policy was introduced in amendments to the regulations under the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act and requires that government departments and entities procure...

    India: Government issues guidelines for wind power procurement

    12 Dec, 2017: Pursuing an ambitious renewable energy target, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has now issued new guidelines to provide a framework for procurement of wind power through a transparent process of bidding including standardisation of the process and defining of roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders. The guidelines aim to “enable the Distribution Licensees to procure wind power at competitive rates in a cost effective manner,” said an official statement.

    India: Make In India procurement policy: Government prepares action plan guidelines

    12 Dec, 2017: The government is likely to issue norms for local sourcing and eligibility of the companies to participate in the government's procurement policy.

    Canada: Government of Canada takes steps towards strategic procurement of energy

    08 Dec, 2017: The Government of Canada is using innovative approaches to energy procurement to provide sound financial stewardship and be better positioned to take advantage of renewable natural gas when it becomes available in Canada. Public Services and Procurement Canada has awarded Direct Energy Business a contract to supply gas management services to 3 federal government departments operating across Canada.

    Rwanda: PAC cautions public entities on respect for procurement law

    29 Nov 2017: Members of the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have cautioned entities that operate on public funds that continue to flout public procurement rules, saying the newly-proposed legal framework has no room for laxity. PAC members were yesterday meeting with officials from the Rwanda Public Procurement Authority (RPPA) as review of public procurement law continues.

    Canada: Government of Canada takes step towards ethical procurement of apparel

    27 Nov 2017: The Government of Canada has a responsibility to maintain the confidence of the Canadian public in the procurement process and to conduct procurement in an accountable, ethical and transparent manner.  Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is seeking input from apparel suppliers through a Request for Information to develop guidelines.

    Philippines: Gov’t to start technology procurement for fuel marking

    27 Nov, 2017: The government next month will start the procurement process for the fuel marking system to be implemented in the second half of next year as part of the first tax reform package, Department of Finance officials said. Finance Undersecretary Antonette C. Tionko told reporters last week that the terms of reference would be completed this month, to be followed by its publication in a newspaper to invite bidders.

    Qatar: Ministry forms committee to address procurement disputes

    26 Nov, 2017: The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has formed a grievance redressal committee and a small court for the quicker resolution of procurement related disputes, said a senior official at the Ministry who is responsible for monitoring the government procurement procedures. The dispute resolution court at the MoF is headed by a judge from a ‘higher court’, and members from different entitites.

    India: National Public Procurement Conclave for MSMEs in New Delhi

    22 Nov, 2017: Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with Government e-Marketplace (GeM) will organize a National Public Procurement Conclave for the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) on 11-12 December in New Delhi. Government e-Market Place (GeM) is a public procurement platform that has created a vibrant online marketplace for goods and services.

    India: Govt’s new online marketplace for public procurement to be rolled out from Jan

    16 Nov, 2017: The new and dynamic version of the Government e-Market (GeM) portal for public procurement is likely to be rolled out from January, a senior commerce ministry official said. "Work is underway, we are hoping to roll out the new dynamic platform from January," the official added.

    India: Commerce ministry shuts century-old procurement arm DGS&D

    15 Nov, 2017: The commerce ministry closed down its nearly 100-year-old public procurement arm -- the Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D) -- on October 31, a senior official said. The closure of the DGS&D, which traces its origin to London during the British raj, follows setting up of the government e-market (GeM) platform last year for public procurement of goods and services.

    Liberia: Public Procurement Commission Conducts Training For 37 Civil Servants

    13 Nov 2017: Thirty-seven procurement staffs from government ministries and agencies as well as partner institutions have begun five-day training in public procurement in Liberia. The training, which is being conducted under the auspices of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP),..

    Rwanda: Contractors tipped on e-procurement

    13 Nov 2017: Rwanda Public Procurement Authority (RPPA) has called on contractors to increasingly use e-procurement system while applying for different public tenders to ensure time management, transparency and cutting expenses spent in bidding processes. The call was made during a meeting on ‘the role of public procurement on the country’s economic growth’ that brought together entrepreneurs and procurement officers from public institutions across the country.

    Ghana: GIPS launch code of ethics and conduct for procurement practitioners

    07 Nov 2017: The Ghana Institute of Procurement & Supply (GIPS) has launched a Code of Ethics and conduct for procurement professional and practitioners. Mr. Collins Agyemang Sarpong, the President of the Ghana Institute of Procurement & Supply (GIPS), at the launch on Tuesday, said the document would serve as a self- regulatory framework, which would strictly be adhered to, to help achieve the value that ethical procurement…

    Trinidad and Tobago: Finance Minister responds to calls for public procurement legislation

    01 Nov 2017: Finance Minister Colm Imbert has responded to calls for Government to immediately implement the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property Act, saying that other steps must first be completed.  In a statement issued Wednesday, the Finance Ministry said that the Public Procurement Act cannot be implemented until the Office of Procurement…

    India: India procurement for global operations may be counted for local sourcing obligations

    30 Oct, 2017: Multinational retailers such as Ikea and H&M could soon enjoy easier sourcing norms with government planning to relax the conditions for 30 per cent mandatory local purchase for their Indian retail operations. The industry department is finalising a proposal that will allow foreign companies to count the procurement they do for their global operations from India as part of their local sourcing obligations.

    Saudi Arabia: US, Saudi Arabia join forces on public procurement reform

    29 Oct, 2017: The US Department of Commerce, in collaboration with the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), discussed the Saudi government’s procurement system and the Kingdom’s ongoing efforts to align its procurement law with international standards.The engagement is part of the Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP)….

    Nigeria: JigawaGovt Approves N18M For Procurement Of Anti-Malaria Drugs

    27 Oct, 2017: Jigawa Government has approved N18million for the procurement of anti-malaria drugs for distribution to the 27 Local Government Areas and nine General Hospitals across the state.Dr Abba Zakari, State’s Commissioner for Health, disclosed this while addressing newsmen in Dutse on Friday.

    UK: Government creates local procurement hub

    24 Oct, 2017: New online portal aims to connect suppliers and buyers to help get more local food into public procurement. A new portal to connect suppliers with buyers is promising to boost availability of local food in public procurement.The new hub brings together food suppliers and buyers from schools, hospitals and government departments, and aims to streamline the procurement process by acting as an online catalogue.

    Malawi: Malawi procurement boss Taulo says PPDA to replace ODPP

    23 Oct, 2017: The recent enactment of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets (PPDA) Bill of June 2017 will see the establishment of the new regulatory authority of public procurement and disposal of public assets in the country which will soon replace the Office of the Directorate of Public Procurement (ODPP).ODPP Director Paul Taulo told a procurement and supply management conference in Mangochi on Friday that the PPDA shall step ….

    Spain: Spain approves a new public procurement law

    20 Oct, 2017: On Thursday 19 October, Spanish Congress approved a new Public Procurement Law, rejecting all of the amendments that had been included by the Senate (to articles 122.2, 149.4. penultimate paragraph and 202.2. third paragraph, which would have allowed successful tenderers to give preference to company-wide collective bargaining agreements over those applicable sector-wide). This concludes the legislative process for approving the Public Procurement Law.

    Bermuda: Procurement, Committees & Ministerial Code

    20 Oct, 2017: The now amended Ministerial Code of Conduct, which is expected to be tabled in the coming weeks, requires a Minister, as soon as possible after the receipt of all gifts of any value, to disclose the gift and also to disclose “all hospitality from any source which might reasonably be thought to influence Ministerial action in any manner.”

    Angola: Team to Improve Procurement Database Created

    18 Oct, 2017: A working group has been created to ensure the continuous functioning of the public procurement database of the State's financial management systems.Established by the ministries of Finance and Telecommunications and Information Technology, the team is to help run the Integrated State Financial Management System (SIGFE)….

    India: Govt.might bring in exceptions to the 30 per cent procurement rule to MNCs, MSMEs say detrimental

    16 Oct, 2017: With the different Multi-National Companies (MNC’s) demanding relaxation on the 30 per cent procurement norm from the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and news reports surfacing that the proposal is under the consideration of the government, the MSMEs say that the move if done, would be detrimental for the sector.

    Zambia: Public Procurement Act To Undergo Surgery

    16 Oct, 2017: Zambian Public Procurement Act will next year undergo a major surgery to seal off all loopholes for public funds on the expenditure side, Finance Minister Felix Mutati has said.Public procurement accounts for about 40 per cent of the total Government expenditure and, therefore, addressing the law affecting it is one way of curbing the continued loss of revenue when spending,….

    UK: NHS England begins big e-consultation procurement

    16 Oct, 2017: NHS England is pushing forward with its plan to increase the use of e-consultations in primary and urgent care, with the first step towards setting up a national procurement framework. It has published a prior information notice for a dynamic purchasing system (DPS) – which gives suppliers the chance to join during the lifetime of the framework – to size up the market’s interest.

    Nigeria: Nigeria Public Procurement Act most complex in the world – Agric Minister

    12 Oct, 2017: Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief AuduOgbe said, Nigeria’s current Procurement Act was the most complex in the world.He told the Senate Committee on Agriculture when he was being grilled on the ministry’s 2017 budget performance on Thursday.

    United States of America: NAFTA talks focus on procurement amid doubts over deal chances

    12 Oct, 2017: North American Free Trade Agreement negotiators are set to cover the difficult issue of government procurement on Thursday as they try to revamp the pact that U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to terminate.Canada and Mexico want their companies to be able to bid on more U.S. federal andstate government contracts,…

    Malawi: President assents to Malawi public procurement law

    11 Oct, 2017: President Peter Mutharika has signed into law the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Bill, parliament has confirmed. Parliament passed an insertion to the Act which forces government to buy a minimum of 60 percent of its procurement needs from businesses run by indigenous Malawians.

    Nigeria: Kogi Reforms Public Procurement Process to Attract Foreign Investment

    11 Oct, 2017: In its bid to encourage foreign direct investment to Kogi State, the State Government is stepping up the public procurement process to attract foreign investors to take advantage of numerous mineral and natural resources.Secretary to the State Government, Dr. ArikeFolashadeAyoade, at a sensitisation workshop for political office-holders on public…

    India: Railways to cut delays, go for bulk procurement: Goyal

    11 Oct, 2017: Railway Minister PiyushGoyal said Railways will now go for bulk procurement and disburse payments within 30 days of all work orders. The Railways will go for bulk procurement for modernisation of trains and railway stations.

    Indonesia: Indonesia looks to consolidate procurement rules

    10 Oct, 2017: The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on 9 October that it will review its defence procurement procedures with a view to introducing a consolidated policy. The aim is to simplify processes and enhance transparency, it said.The MoD said the review is necessary in light of “different perceptions” about defence acquisition processes in the country, which has resulted in “misunderstandings in various institutions”.

    Zimbabwe: Public Procurement Act effective date set for next year

    10 Oct, 2017: The Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act,which is meant to regulate the procurement procedures at all state controlled institutions is expected to come into effect in January 2018. The Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act will repeal the Procurement Act as well as abolish the State Procurement Board which will become the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ).

    Nigeria: NHIS pledges strict adherence to public procurement rules

    09 Oct, 2017: AlhajiAtahiru Ibrahim, the Acting Executive Secretary, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), has pledged to ensure strict adherence to public procurement rules in the execution of projects by the scheme. He said the management of the scheme was therefore determined to plug all administrative and technical loopholes …

    Saudi Arabia: Saudis changing procurement rules to save money, boost local firms

    08 Oct, 2017: Saudi Arabia’s government is changing the way it procures goods and services to save money, make the process fairer and aid local suppliers, the Finance ministry said on Sunday.The ministry, responsible for allocating tens of billions of dollars each year to keep the government running and build infrastructure ….

    Philippines: Tweaks in procurement law needed to end Filipino bias

    27 Sept, 2017: Multilateral lenders are now working with the government in harmonizing the country’s procurement procedures with international standards to allow more foreign participation, especially for massive infrastructure projects that require the latest technologies to speed up and improve implementation. Asian Development Bank (ADB) Philippines Office Country Specialist Joven Balbosa told reporters that International Competitive Bidding (ICB) ..

    India: Government tender for electric cars revised to include more companies

    26 Sept, 2017: The government has revised its tender seeking to buy electric cars for the use of the state, following objections by some companies that the specifications initially put out were tailored to suit a certain manufacturer. Specifically, the state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), which is buying 10,000 electric cars.

    South Africa: World Bank urges South African firms to seize $45bn African procurement opportunity

    26 Sept, 2017: The World Bank Group is actively encouraging South African businesses to participate more actively in a $45-billion procurement opportunity that will arise over the coming three years as a result of a recently approved funding commitment to 39 low-income African countries.

    Ethiopia: World Bank: Procurement Plan Ethiopia Geothermal Sector Development Project

    25 Sept, 2017: The World Bank has published the procurement plan for the Ethiopia Geothermal Sector Development Project, originally released in 204, updated in February 2016. The Period covered by this procurement plan covers July 2017 to January 2019. It includes work package on works and goods, for drilling contractors and civil work for the geothermal projects …

    India: Government to introduce preferential public procurement for cyber security products

    26 Sept, 2017: The government is planning to introduce preferential treatment for cyber security products in public procurement. The ministry of electronics and IT (MEITY) has released a draft notification proposing preference for domestically manufactured or produced cyber security products for public procurement.

    Australia: Local firms get $6.5 million in ACT government contracts since procurement policy started this year

    25 Sep, 2017: Local firms have won $6.5 million in ACT government contracts since the start of a new policy aiming to boost Canberra region companies winning tenders. The government two years ago pledged to create a new policy to level the playing field between local firms and interstate companies vying for territory contracts, a policy that has been officially operating since January this year.

    Hungary: Hungary initiates regional cooperation in public procurement

    22 Sept, 2017: The public procurement bodies from the Visegrád Group countries, namely the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, as well as Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia, attended a joint meeting called by the Hungarian Public Procurement Authority. The purpose of the event was to discuss best practices with the aim to boost efficiency of procurement in the participating countries.

    European Union: EU to present an e-Library of public procurement good practices

    21 Sept, 2017: The European Commission will next month unveil a new tool for sharing of good practices to improve the compliance and quality of public procurement across the EU. It hopes the e-Library will offer a number of tangible benefits from the sharing of good practices in the area of public procurement such as improved efficiency and effectiveness, and better value-for-money.

    Croatia: New Public Procurement Rules Bring Challenges

    19 Sept, 2017: The news law on Public Procurement has been in force since the beginning of this year, while the obligatory application of the most economically advantageous bid as the selection criterion, instead of the lowest price criterion, began on July 1. Experiences with the new law were presented on Tuesday at the conference “Public-Procurement-Application of the most economically advantageous bidcriterion”, organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Croatioa…

    Australia: Cross River Rail releases procurement and delivery strategy

    19 Sept, 2017: The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority has announced its procurement and delivery strategy for the Queensland Government funded AU$5.4 billion Cross River Rail project. Core components of the Cross River Rail project will be delivered through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) and an Alliance.

    Moldova: Moldova Launces New E-Procurement System In Search For Positive Change

    17 Sept, 2017: Moldova has launched the new e-procurement system (MTender), in order to improve transparency and increase the opportunities for private companies to acquire public contracts. “This platform will bring benefits both to the state — better prices for quality products, and to entrepreneurs — creating a competitive environment,” says finance minister, Octavian Armasu, when launching MTender.

    Bangkok: Procurement law expands coverage

    16 Sep, 2017: The Government Procurement and Supplies Management Act of 2017 has extended adoption of the state procurement process to over 9,000 state agencies in central, regional and local areas from only 1,000 under the previous regulation. The new law, which took effect from Aug 23, requires central, regional and local state agencies, independent bodies and organisations under the constitution to apply the state procurement process, said...

    Canada: Government of Canada uses simplified procurement to award contract for digital services

    15 Sept, 2017: The Government of Canada is committed to making its procurement process simpler and less burdensome for small businesses. The Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board, and the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, announced Wednesday the awarding of a contract to improve the user experience of the government's Open by Default portal, a pilot initiative of the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS).

    Australia: Australian cyber security partner expects, fresh growth amid Govt IT procurement reforms

    14 Sep, 2017: Australian cyber security partner, Penten, expects to double in size over the next year thanks, in part, to the introduction of the Federal Government’s new IT procurement rules. In August, the Federal Government’s Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, Angus Taylor, revealed new procurement reforms that see federal public sector IT contracts capped at $100 million. The procurement changes also see a pledge by the Government to inject an additional $650 million …

    Slovenia: Green public procurement expanded

    14 Sept, 2017: The government on Thursday amended the green public procurement regulation in order to expand green requirements to additional contracting segments.

    South Africa: Influence of procurement departments on marketers

    3 Sep, 2017: It is particularly important to note the National Treasury’s amendment to the Public Preferential Procurement Frame Work Act, which aims to secure at least 30% of procurement from black-owned SMMEs from previously disadvantaged constituencies. While agencies are generally aware of this amendment, its importance in the procurement process cannot be overstated.

    India: MSME ministry holds talks with CPSEs on public procurement

    13 Sept, 2017: The MSME ministry today said it has conducted detailed consultations with public sector enterprises on ways to achieve the target of mandatory procurement from SC/ST entrepreneurs. The Public Procurement Policy 2012 stipulates that 4 per cent of the total procurement shall be done by ministries, departments and Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) from the entities owned by SC/ST.

    India, Mumbai: State nod for decentralised procurement policy

    13 Sept, 2017: The State has approved a new decentralised policy for procurement of essential commodities during crisis. Earlier, the State had to take permission from the Centre to procure essential commodities whose prices had risen beyond the reach of the common man. At present, when prices fluctuate, the State Food and Civil Supplies Department demands a subsidised price list from the Centre and puts up a proposal for procurement with the State government.

    India: Railways to Opt for Reverse Bidding to Reduce Procurement Expenditure

    12 Sept, 2017: Aiming at increasing competition and reducing expenditure on procurement, the Indian Railways will adopt a reverse bidding process for high-value items like rolling stock parts, track equipment and cement among other purchases. Reverse auction is an online bidding process that allows vendors to submit multiple bids on time scale and then compete online with each other by offering lowest acceptable bids.

    Australia: Queensland Government releases the Queensland Information Technology Contracting (QITC) procurement framework

    08 Sept, 2017: The Queensland Government has recently released its new information and communications technology (ICT) procurement framework, the Queensland Information Technology Contracting (QITC) framework. The QITC framework replaces the existing Government Information Technology and Communications (GITC) framework. GITC was developed as a national framework in the 1990s, but in more recent times, state and federal government organisations .

    United Kingdom: New IT procurement framework aims to save public sector £180m

    07 Sept, 2017: Public sector organisations have been encouraged to save millions on the cost of specialist IT expertise by buying through a new Crown Commercial Service (CCS) procurement framework. The CCS has also confirmed that it has this week awarded its new Technology Services 2 framework, with SMEs representing more than 60% of the total numbers of suppliers signed up.

    Moscow: Bill on extension of government’s powers during procurement reaches State Duma

    06 Sept, 2017: A bill extending the powers of government in the sphere of state procurement contracts has reached the State Duma, the statement of the lower house of parliament reads on Wednesday. The bill allows the government to determine the lists of goods, works, services, leases (including freight and leasing). In addition, it may determine the initial and maximum price of a contract, setting limit beyond which customers can not conclude agreements without consent of the commission.

    Deloitte: What Does Chief Procurement Officers on the ‘other side’ think Deloitte CPO Survey 2017- Highlights

    Procurement is using the procurement levers of consolidating spend (40%), increasing competition (35%), specification improvement (28%), increasing levels of supplier collaboration (26%) and reducing total ownership costs (26%). The survey shows that executive support for procurement has never been stronger. For high performing CPOs who wish to have significant influence over commercial decisions, value delivery and risk management, the elevated expectations of the organization will demand a significant improvement in execution, performance and leadership. This year 75% of CPOs surveyed believe that procurement’s role in delivering digital strategy will increase in the future and are also clear that technology will impact all procurement processes to some degree.

    Nigeria: The Minister of Power, Works & Housing Seeks Review Of Procurement Laws

    25 Aug, 2017: The Minister of Power, Works & Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola has called for a review of Procurement Laws to facilitate the delivery of affordable housing even as he rejected the 15 percent mobilisation fee paid to contractors for projects. To this end, he suggested for 50 percent mobilisation fee adding that the procurement law is obstructing the development and growth of Nigeria.

    Australia: Australia caps government IT contracts at $100m in procurement

    25 Aug, 2017: The Australian government is following the UK’s example and is introducing new ‘red lines’ for IT procurement contracts – to encourage more competition. Australia’s federal government has announced that it will no longer be signing IT contracts with suppliers that are worth more than $100 million…

    India: India urges WTO to include a permanent solution to the public procurement for food security needs to be part of the agenda for the Buenos Aires ministerial meet in December

    24 Aug, 2017: India has urged the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to prepare the agenda for the next ministerial meet, to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, before October so that it could be given final shape at the mini-ministerial meeting to be held on 9-10 October in Morocco. India insists that, as promised, a permanent solution to the public procurement for food security needs to be part of the agenda for the Buenos Aires ministerial meet.

    Australia, Sydney : NSW local govt procurement conference

    22 Aug, 2017: This year’s Local Government Procurement Annual Conference will be held on Thursday, 30 November and Friday, 1 December at the Sydney Masonic Centre in Sydney. The theme for the event is Building Procurement Capability and Embracing Innovation, and the key topics covered over…

    Ghana: Adhere to all procurement procedures

    22 Aug, 2017: Mr Dominic Nitiwul, Defence Minister, has called on the entity tender committees of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and the Ministry of Defence to adhere to all procurement procedures to ensure the delivery of value for money services. He urged the committees to discharge their duties in a professional manner and conduct their activities in a fair and transparent manner, oversee the tendering process with equity and fairness.

    India: New procurement norms come to the aid of solar power producers

    22 Aug, 2017: The Power Ministry’s latest guidelines on tariff-based competitive bidding and the process for procurement of power from grid-connected solar power projects have come to their rescue. According to the guidelines, the government will compensate solar power producers for grid unavailability, back down, and transmission constraints, if any. This has been a long standing demand of the industry.

    Australia: Government reforms IT procurement in $650m boon for local start-ups

    22 Aug, 2017: The federal government has reformed its information technology procurement rules to give local start-ups a chance to win work worth up to $650 million a year. From Wednesday, a cap of $100 million on the maximum value of government IT contracts has been introduced, and their maximum duration will be three years.

    Canada: Canada pushing for procurement to support female entrepreneurs

    20 Aug, 2017: The Liberal government is thinking about using its massive purchasing power to support women in business. Inclusive federal procurement is a potential avenue through which the Government of Canada can demonstrate leadership and support for women’s entrepreneurship,” said a November 2016 memo prepared for Patty Hajdu, who was then minister for the status of women.

    Ukraine: UNDP announces procurement of medicines using 2017 budget funds under several programs

    19 Aug, 2017: The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has announced the collection of bids to procure medicines for several programs using the 2017 budget funds. On August 16, 2017, the UNDP announced collection of bids to procure medicines to treat infertility of women (eight lots) and treat patients with multiocular sclerosis..

    South Africa: Public works department moves to deal with local procurement

    18 Aug, 2017: Public Works Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko has unveiled a holistic programme aimed at improving the efficiency of his department and making sure that initiatives implemented by government benefits local communities. Nhleko presented his strategy at a media briefing in Pretoria on Friday.

    GDS: ‘a step change in public procurement’

    17 Aug, 2017: Government Digital Service takes part in OECD initiative to create strategic plan to reform procurement to make it more open and flexible. he Government Digital Service is drawing up plans to reshape government technology procurement to make it more transparent and agile. Representatives of the UK government’s technology arm – alongside counterparts from Australia, New Zealand, and Chile – are….

    Saudi Arabia: Saudi government launches new procurement, industry body

    16 Aug, 2017: The Saudi government authorised the creation of the new General Authority of Military Industries (GAMI) on 15 August, with the organisation to have broad powers in procurement, offset, and industrial development. Establishment of new body comes as country is working to implement Vision 2030, which aims to boost domestic defence procurement from 2% of the budget to 50%.

    India: Public procurement portal, CII sign MoU to create awareness

    14 Aug, 2017: Public procurement portal GeM and industry body CII have inked a pact to create awareness about online purchase of goods and services by government agencies and departments, the Commerce Ministry said today. "This MoU between GeM and CII is aimed at establishing GeM Samvaad- a participative and collaborative approach with the industry for promoting Indian industry and entrepreneurship," it said in a statement.

    Italy: Milan launches procurement for 80 new trams

    14 Aug, 2017: Milan’s public transport operator, ATM, is inviting manufacturers to supply 80 new trams for the city. The six-year contract is for the supply of up to 80 trams, with an initial firm order for 30 vehicles.

    Philippines: Government mulls new rules on procurement

    12 Aug, 2017: The government is mulling changes in the procurement process, particularly in the payment of contractors, to weed out unqualified bidders and ensure that projects are swiftly implemented, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said. In an interview, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said the DBM …

    Ukraine: World Bank may use ProZorro e-procurement system for its projects in Ukraine

    10 Aug, 2017: After assessing ProZorro public e-procurement system, the World Bank said it may use this platform for conducting purchases of goods and services in Ukraine, the government’s press service reports.  “The World Bank has completed the evaluation of functioning of ProZorro public e-procurement system in Ukraine. The target of the mission was to examine whether ProZorro meets the requirements of the Multilateral Development Bank (MDB) for conducting electronic public…

    India: Commerce Ministry To Shut Down Government’s 100-Year-Old Procurement Arm This Fiscal

    09 Aug, 2017: An over 100-year-old government procurement arm, the Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D), will be shut down this fiscal year, Press Trust of India has reported, adding that the commerce ministry has already started the process. "We are closing DGS&D. We would close it in this fiscal only. It is more than 100-year-old organisation," a commerce ministry official, ….

    Ireland: Procurement Law Update

    08 Aug, 2017: There have been a number of significant developments for public procurement in Ireland this year. Firstly in May, Ireland implemented the Concessions Directive. In July new guidelines and template tender documents aimed at improving how public contracts are procured and ensuring compliance with the public procurement rules were published by the Office of Government Procurement.

    Ghana: Let there be more transparency in procurement processes

    04 Aug, 2017: The Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Simon Osei-Mensah, has asked Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) to go to every length to ensure openness and transparency in procurement processes of the assemblies. They must resist any temptation to inflate procurement invoices, sole-sourcing, buying from companies which did not issue valued added tax (VAT) receipts…

    Malaysia: ‘Project contracts subject to review by procurement committee’

    03 Aug, 2017: All project tenders go for review under the National Procurement Committee, even if there is a directive from the prime minister or other ministers, says Treasury secretary-general Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah. The the committee, which comes under the finance ministry, is tasked with looking into the project contracts, whether they are direct negotiations, open tenders or limited tenders.

    Jamaica: Procurement Matters To Get Priority Treatment In Special Zones

    01 Aug, 2017: Prime Minister Andrew Holness has declared that matters of procurement must be treated as priority, once an area is designated a Zone of Special Operation. The Law Reform (Zone of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Bill was signed into law on July 14.   The law gives members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Jamaica…

    Bangladesh: World Bank approves 570 mln USD for Bangladesh’s health, public procurement

    31 July, 2017: The World Bank has approved a total of 570 million U.S. dollars for two projects in Bangladesh to improve health, nutrition, and population services and strengthen the country's public procurement. The 515 million U.S. dollars Health Sector Support Project will strengthen the country's health system and improve quality and coverage of essential service delivery, with a focus on northeastern Sylhet and southeastern Chittagong divisions, …

    Australia: Queensland tightens procurement net

    31 July, 2017: From September, the Queensland Government will narrow its procurement net to heavily favour suppliers within the state. The state’s Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, revealed her government’s new multi-billion-dollar Queensland Procurement Strategy and Policy (QPP) on 29 July. The announcement came after Cabinet agreed the State Government would no longer be constrained or bound by free trade agreements that have seen jobs go off-shore or interstate.

    Ghana Hosts Conference On Procurement, Supply Chain, Transport and Logistics

    27 July, 2017: A conference on the Movement and Importance of Procurement, Supply Chain, Transport and Logistics, yesterday, began in Accra. The two-day conference, which is taking place under the theme: "Unlocking West Africa's Supply Chain through Collaboration, Innovation and Standardization", is aimed at facilitating the sharing of new ideas and perspectives from the Procurement, Supply Chain and Transport and Logistics sector.

    India: India open up public procurement

    27 July, 2017: Pressure is mounting on India to open up its more than $300 billion-worth public procurement market under the proposed mega Free Trade Agreement (FTA) called the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Public/government procurement broadly refers to the process by which government (at the Central, State and local levels), its agencies/departments…

    Kenya: Procurement board allows IEBC to proceed with media campaigns tender

    26 July, 2017: The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has been allowed to proceed with the Sh423 million contract for communication consultancy ahead of the August 8 polls. The Public Procurement and Administrative Review Board (PPARB) decision cleared the way for IEBC to roll out media campaign to sensitise and educate voters two weeks to the General Election.

    Ireland: OGP publishes new Public Procurement Guidelines and updated Template Documents

    24 July, 2017: On 5 July 2017, the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) published a new set of guidelines on the procurement of goods and services (the Guidelines). The Guidelines, available here, are primarily intended as guidance for public bodies but also provide a toolkit for suppliers and practitioners. The OPG has simultaneously published an updated suite of template procurement documents. These new templates constitute a more user-friendly version…

    AfDB: New policy will reduce delays in procurement process of AfDB-funded projects

    24 July, 2017: Contractors will now be able to process tender applications faster and easily, thanks to a new policy that seeks to enhance efficiency and reduce delays in the procurement of goods and services for projects funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), officials have said. The Procurement Policy for the Bank Group-Funded Operations seeks to enhance procurement systems of member countries and ensure that they achieve value-for-money “based on mutually-supporting…

    India: Centre to notify guidelines for renewable power procurement

    21 July, 2017: The Union Ministry of New and Energy has clarified that a guideline for procurement of renewable power through competitive bidding would be notified shortly by the Centre, the Haryana government said today. Till then, projects may be set up under existing provisions of the Electricity Act, 2003 under section 62 wherein the State Regulatory Commission is to be approached for fixation of tariff, …

    Bhutan: Govt. pilots e-procurement in four agencies

    20 July, 2017: The Prime Minister has issued an executive order directing these four agencies to pilot the e-procurement system with immediate effect. The order states that all registered bidders would be provided training by the Government Procurement and Property Management Division (GPPMD) under the Department of National Properties.

    Ghana: Procurement Minister moves to harmonise laws

    18 July, 2017: The Minister of State in charge of Public Procurement, Sarah Adwoa Safo, has notified the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General to as a matter of urgency, codify the two laws governing public procurement in the country into one to make it easy and simple for use. According to her, the two laws, Public Procurement Act (Act 663) and Public Procurement (Amendment) Act (Act 914) …

    Ghana: PPA’s New Way of Tackling Corruption and Fraud in Procurement

    17 July, 2017: The Public Procurement Authority (PPA), the public sector procurement regulatory agency, has introduced an electronic platform called Electronic Government Procurement (EGP) in collaboration with the World Bank to eliminate fraud in procurement and ensure transparency in public procurements in the country. The decision by the PPA to introduce the electronic platform facilitated by European Dynamics, a Greek international information technology company…

    Turkey: Turkey Clarifies Handover Rules For Public Procurement Contracts

    13 July, 2017: Turkey has clarified the principles required as a result of administrative judicial decisions during implementation of agreements within the scope of decisions by the Public Procurement Authority. These include procedural requirement where the most economically advantageous bidder in a tender process is different to the contractor, which is currently performing the work. The Communiqué Amending the Public Procurement Communiqué ("Amendment Communiqué") was published in Official Gazette number 30109 on 29 June 2017.

    Albania: Albania renews public procurement freeze until new government takes over

    11 July, 2017: Albania has renewed a freeze in public tenders until a new government is formed next September. The government decision comes after Albania previously suspended all new public tenders and concession for one month ahead of the June 25 general elections. The decision is apparently meant to prevent any possible misuse of taxpayer money in the post-election …

    India: Procurement from GeM portal to save taxpayers’ money: Nirmala Sitharaman

    11 July, 2017: Use of government's e-market (GeM) portal by central and state departments for procurement of goods and services will help in saving taxpayers' money, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said today. The central and state governments procure goods and services worth over Rs 5 lakh crore annually, she said.

    India: Railways promotes small enterprises, reserves procurement of over 350 items from MSE sector

    0 July, 2017: The Indian Railways has taken a big step to promote micro and small enterprises by reserving 358 items including cleaning apparatus, stationery and leather items exclusively for procurement from the MSE sector. Besides, in a relief to the MSEs, the sector has been exempted from paying tender cost and earnest money deposit for participating in the railway tender.

    Afghanistan: How Afghanistan’s Public Procurement Reform Is Changing

    08 July, 2017: As envisioned in his election manifesto and soon after being elevated as the new president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani issued a legislative decree to reform public procurement of Afghanistan. The reform was initiated by merging the existing procurement entities and establishing a central regulatory body, the National Procurement Authority.

    India: Min 15% value addition must for procurement of imported steel

    05 July, 2017: Imported steel must undergo a minimum prescribed value addition of 15 per cent in order to be eligible for procurement by government departments, the steel ministry said today. "All imported steel must undergo a minimum prescribed value addition of 15 percent in order to be eligible for bidding under the policy," the ministry said in a statement.

    Marawi: Task force eyes emergency procurement power for Marawi rehab

    04 July, 2017: Mr. Lorenzana led yesterday’s first meeting of the group, which includes representatives from various government agencies and civil society organizations, to discuss preparations for the early stage of rehabilitation as soon as the battle ends. THE TASK force that will handle the rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi City is planning to seek authority for emergency procurement procedures to hasten the rebuilding work.

    Lithuania: New public procurement regulations in Lithuania to come into force on 1 July

    01 July, 2017: On 1 July 2017 the major part of the Public Procurement Law (PPL) and the law on Procurement carried out by contracting entities that operate in water management, energy, transport and postal services sector (Public utilities sector PPL) will come into force. Changes in the Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) concerning proceedings in public procurement cases will also come into force. In addition, accompanying rules such as Low value procurement policies and Methodology for identifying qualification requirements for suppliers are coming into force.

    India: India top supplier in health sector to UN system in 2016

    29th June, 2017: UNITED NATIONS: India was the main supplier in the health sector to the UN system in 2016 with total sales of over $800 million, including in pharmaceuticals. According to the total procurement of goods and services for operational activities of the UN system, India maintains its position as the second largest country to supply the UN in 2016, as has been the case since 2012.

    Australia: Government procurement rules to change

    29th Jun, 2017: The Joint Select Committee on Government Procurement has released its final report into the Australian Government’s procurement rules, including a range of recommendations for improving the rules on how the government spends its money.The committee’s recommendations include, Amending the rules to require all goods purchased by the Australian Government to comply with national standards…

    Australia: Countries Press On in Efforts to Join WTO Public Procurement Deal

    29th Jun, 2017: The WTO’s Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) may soon see some new additions, with Australia reportedly close to the negotiating finish line, nearly two years after it launched its bid to join the plurilateral accord.Canberra announced that it would begin negotiating with current GPA parties two years ago, with the talks formally beginning in September 2015. Since then, it has submitted both initial and revised market access offers for parties to consider.

    Understanding ADB’s new procurement policy

    29 Jun, 2017: In 2016, the Asian Development Bank carried out internal and external consultations with a range of stakeholders, to address the question: What needs to be fixed in the bank’s procurement system? The framework contains provisions on how the bank could potentially reduce the time it takes to get projects up and running. These include adopting more dynamic procurement arrangements, such as..

    India: India top supplier in health sector to UN system in 2016 with saes over $800mn

    29 Jun,2017: India, the leading global provider of generic drugs, was the main supplier to the UN system in the health sector in 2016 with total sales of over USD 800 million.According to the total procurement of goods and services for operational activities of the UN system, India maintains its position as the second largest country to supply the UN in 2016, as has been the case since 2012.

    Nigeria: Compliance to Procurement Process among Government Agencies Low, Says Oke

    25 Jun, 2017: 10 years after the Public Procurement Act was enacted, compliance with the provisions of the act amongst ministries, departments and agencies of the federal government is still very low, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Procurement, Hon. OluwoleOke disclosed.Oke however, noted that many procurement officers in the MDAs are still not familiar with the provisions of the act.

    India: Govt to scrap public procurement wing

    24 Jun, 2017: After abolishing the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), which was responsible for clearance of foreign direct investment proposals, the government is all set to scrap its public procurement wing called Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D).The work will now be handled by the government e-market, or GeM, platform which will be run by a private party under a government-appointed CEO.

    Bhutan: e-procurement will be made compulsory: PM

    22 Jun, 2017: The use of electronic government procurement (e-GP) system would be made compulsory starting January next year after piloting it for the next six months.During the launch yesterday, Prime Minister TsheringTobgay said the e-GP has no excuse to fail.“It has to succeed. If it fails it’s because the government failed as it is the largest procurer,” he said.

    Japan: Japan eyes opening procurement bidding, lowering tariffs as EU trade pact bargaining chip

    21 Jun, 2017: In negotiations with the European Union on an economic partnership agreement, Japan may be reviewing several compromises in areas including university and hospital projects, railway operators, and tariffs, according to several sources. An economic partnership agreement being negotiated between Japan and the European Union may allow European companies to participate in Japan's local government procurement bidding…

    Philipplines: Government launches Green Public Procurement road map

    21 Jun, 2017: The Philippine government is now at the forefront of buying green through the implementation of the Green Public Procurement (GPP) Regime.It is an initiative that is part of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022’s Strategic Framework to Ensure Ecological Integrity, Clean and Healthy Environment. It bears on the country’s commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals put forth by the UN,…

    India: India agrees to government procurement talks in regional trade pact

    19 Jun, 2017: The commerce ministry has agreed to formal discussions on government procurement in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement. Delhi had been resisting the idea so far. A working group will be set up next month to discuss the proposal. “We have been resisting it but discussions have become inevitable.

    Bosnia and Herzegovina: EBRD and UK support public procurement in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    19 Jun, 2017: The EBRD, with support from the UK government, is launching a technical cooperation programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina to improve public procurement practices. The project will enhance efficiency, improve transparency and promote competition in public procurement – crucial elements of a well-governed economy.

    Australia: Procure it right: online procurement package for the public sector

    18th Jun, 2017: Just over 12 months ago, the Bundaberg Regional Council employed a new online, technology based procurement system to give local suppliers and business the opportunity to register as providers of goods and services.Since then, Procureit's parent company PlantMiner has been named one of Westpac's top 20 Businesses of Tomorrow and suppliers in the region have embraced the Council's new system and technology.

    India: “Sustainableprocurement” new buzzword for Indian Railways

    15 Jun, 2017: The Indian Railways have initiated the process of bringing green concerns to the centrality of its operations in an attempt to change in the way it does its business.“This will come about either through the adoption of a new policy on procurements, or through amendments to existing rules”, said AK Tiwari. Advisor (Environment).

    India: Government unveils tit-for-tat public procurement policy

    15 Jun, 2017: Entities from countries where Indian suppliers are not allowed to participate or compete in bids for government procurement, may be restricted or excluded from public procurement tenders in India.Such a provision, relating to “reciprocity,” has been included in the Indian government’s new policy to encourage ‘Make in India’ by granting preference to local suppliers in public procurement.

    India: Railways keen to increase procurement percentage from MSE vendors

    13 Jun, 2017: Indian Railways, which purchases goods worth Rs 2 lakh crore annually from both big as well as small sector, is planning to take its procurement from MSMEs beyond present 20 per cent.There has been a consistent call for Public procurement in India to be opened up in a fair manner to ensure greater competition.

    Estonia: Latvian government approves EMU procurement

    13 Jun, 2017: LATVIA’s Ministry of Transport confirmed on June 13 that the cabinet has given national passenger operator PasažieruVilciens (PV) approval to proceed to the second stage of procurement of a new fleet of EMUs.Five bidders including CAF, Škoda, Stadler, Talgo, and the Ural Locomotives joint venture between Siemens and Sinara, have been shortlisted for the contract.

    Ghana: Railway Minister pledges transparent procurement process

    08 Jun, 2017: Minister For Railways Development, Joe Ghartey, has assured the investment community that procurement processes at the ministry would be transparent. The minister indicated that the procurement process shall be open to all interested parties in accordance with the public procurement law of Ghana.

    Australia: Review into new Federal Government procurement rules recommends greater oversight

    01 Jun, 2017: The committee tasked with reviewing the Federal Government’s new procurement rules has called for the establishment of a new governmental authority to keep track of individual suppliers’ economic kudos.The suggestion comes eight months after the Government decided it would plough on with changes to its Commonwealth procurement rules.

    Canada: Ottawa to enhance opportunities for clean-tech firms in procurement strateg

    03 May, 2017: The federal government is determined to incorporate clean-tech technologies in its overall procurement strategy, promising to award extra points for bidders who include such innovation in their proposals.Ottawa spends $23-billion annually on procurement and is working on a series of measures to enhance participation of the clean-tech sector, including a set-aside for small- and medium-size businesses and bonus points for using innovative technologies,…

    United States of America: “Buy American” – President Trump Orders Federal Agencies to Enforce Government Procurement Rules

    05 May, 2017: President Trump’s “Buy American” agenda continues to pick up steam. Following up on earlier executive action prioritizing use of American-made steel in new pipeline construction, [1] President Trump has ordered federal agencies to enforce and assess compliance with Buy American laws. The President’s call for compliance with Buy American laws includes…

    Indonesia: Jakarta e-procurement will happen, Sandiaga says

    11 May, 2017: New administration will ensure transparent tendering, and break up contract sizes. Jakarta will introduce an e-procurement system, and break up tenders to help small business, GovInsider has learned.Speaking in an interview, the new Deputy Governor-elect, Sandiaga Uno, pledged that “We will have e-procurement.”One thing that we will change during the current administration, [is] they are consolidating their tenders, which allows bigger business to be more on the front stage.”..

    Ghana: Government wont compromise on procurement laws

    31 May, 2017: The Vice-President, DrMahamuduBawumia, has re-stated the government’s resolve to strictly adhere to public financial management and public procurement laws to ensure fiscal discipline.That decision by the government, he said, was against the backdrop that about 90 per cent of….

    Ukraine: Ukraine’s public procurement solution

    31 May, 2017: Public procurement reform is often cited as one of the most successful examples of reforms in Ukraine.It has, therefore, become common by saying “public procurement reform” to mean ProZorro e-procurement system and its achievements.Indeed, with ProZorro we do have something to be proud of: for two years, we have developed it and nourished it from a typical start-up to a fullу-fledged system, which is obligatory for use by all the state institutions throughout the country.

    Nigeria: Local content in IT procurement: NITDA to enforce compliance of MDAs

    28 May, 2017: Effort to encourage local capacity will soon start yielding the expected results as the the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, has disclosed said that it has put measures in place to enforce compliance with the executive order on support for Local Content in IT Procurement by the the government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs.

    Ghana: Refer all government procurement contracts to Ministry – Minister

    29 May,2017: MsAdwoaSarfo, Minister of State responsible for Public Procurement has directed that all queries emanating from government contracts should be referred to her office for legal advice.This, the Minister said, would prevent any ‘unnecessary’ legal battle between government and contractors that could culminate in ‘needless and avoidable’ payment of judgment debts.

    Afghanistan: Afghan govt approves 24 Contracts worth 1.8 billion Afghanis

    29 May, 2017: The Afghan government has approved 24 contracts worth 1.8 billion Afghanistan during a meeting of the National Procurement Commission.The Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement said the meeting was chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in the Presidnetial office.

    Australia: Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Bill introduced into the House of Representatives

    26 May, 2017: The Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Bill, which was originally planned to be introduced to the Commonwealth Parliament in its 2016 Spring sittings, has been introduced into the House of Representatives this morning.If passed, the Bill will effect a significant change to the law concerning tender challenges. Suppliers will have a statutory basis to challenge a tender decision for non-compliance with the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs),…..

    Belgium: New Belgian public procurement directives implemented

    25 May, 2017: In view of the implementation of the new public procurement Directives, the Belgian government enacted the Royal Decree of 18 April 2017 on public procurement in the classic sectors as published in the Belgian State Gazette of 9 May 2017. The exact date of entry into force of this new Belgian legislative package on public procurement is set on 30 June 2017.

    India: Government nod to public procurement policy for local goods

    24 May, 2017:The Cabinet approved a public procurement policy to give preference to domestically manufactured goods with a view to promote 'Make in India' initiative. The move would facilitate local manufacturing and boost domestic demand for locally manufactured….

    China: New Public Procurement Law Under Consideration

    23 May, 2017: A new public procurement law is being planned by the government to reduce the tendency of public departments to split up service contracts, thereby avoiding the need for tendering, the secretary for economy and finance clarified yesterday during a plenary session at the Legislative Assembly (AL).The law would also seek to redress a lack of transparency in public procurement practices through implementing a “standardization of procedures” and “more specific directives,”…

    Pakistan: LWMC to use Pakistan State Oil cards for petroleum procurement

    23 May, 2017: The Lahore Waste Management Company and the Pakistan State Oil have signed a contract for LWMC to procure petroleum products via PSO's state of the art chip based fuel cards, for LWMC’s official vehicles. The agreement was executed between PSO and LWMC in the presence of senior management officials from both companies at a ceremony held at LWMC’s headquarters in Lahore on Monday.

    Nigeria: At least 40% of govt procurement will be on made-in-Nigeria goods

    19 May, 2017: OkechukwuEnelamah, the minister of trade and investment, says the at least 40 percent of government procurement spending will be on made-in-Nigeria goods and services.He also said the government was working at moving up 20 places up the ranking on ease of doing business this year and it has to start from growing made in Nigeria.Speaking on the executive orders signed by the Acting President YemiOsinbajo, Enelamah said reports will be submitted to the president after 60 days and 80 days.

    United States of America: The Federal Government Achieves Small Business Procurement Contracting Goal For The 4th Consecutive Year

    18 May, 2017: Washington: The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that the federal government reached its small business federal contracting goal for the fourth consecutive year, awarding 24.34 percent in federal contract dollars to small businesses totaling $99.96 billion, an increase of over $9 billion from the previous year.

    Rwanda: Rwanda e-procurement system to reduce costs from delayed and abandoned projects

    18 May, 2017: An e-procurement system due to come into force in July will help to reduce the number and cost of delayed and abandoned projects in Rwandan, permanent secretary Isabelle Kalihangabo has said. The e-procurement system will reduce face-to-face negotiation between the entities engaged in bidding and the public institutions offering tenders, thereby reducing risk of corruption,...

    Nigeria: Procurement process should be transparent – Minister

    17 May, 2017: In what appears as another oversight from the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, the minister Pastor UsaniUguruUsani, has cautioned the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to stay in line with the transparency and accountability policy of the present administration.“The present administration believes in Transparency and Accountability in Procurement process for the Award of contracts in all government’s Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs),” Usani said in a statement made available to NATIONAL ACCORD on Tuesday.

    India: Finance ministry revises manual for goods procurement by Government

    17 May, 2017: After a gap of almost 10 years, the finance ministry has revised the manual for goods procurement by government in consonance with the principles of ease of doing business. Various government organisations procure a wide variety of goods and services and undertake execution of works in keeping with their duties and responsibilities. Over the last few years, the government has issued new instructions in the domain of public procurement,…

    South Africa: South Africa to use procurement budget ‘strategically’ to transform economy –Gigaba

    16 May, 2017: South Africa's Finance Minister MalusiGigaba said on Monday the treasury would use its 500 billion rand ($40 billion) annual procurement budget to transform the economy and give more support to black-owned businesses."The strategic use of state procurement is an important lever to grow black business," Gigaba told a business dinner in Johannesburg. "The state getting value for money is important but this aim should be considered in conjunction with our economic history."

    Indonasia: Jakarta e-procurement will happen, Sandiaga says

    11 May, 2017: New administration will ensure transparent tendering, and break up contract sizes. Jakarta will introduce an e-procurement system, and break up tenders to help small business, GovInsider has learned.Speaking in an interview, the new Deputy Governor-elect, Sandiaga Uno, pledged that “We will have e-procurement.”One thing that we will change during the current administration, [is] they are consolidating their tenders, which allows bigger business to be more on the front stage.”..

    India: Govt tenders may give priority to local manufactures in procurement of Medical Devices

    11 May, 2017: The Department of Pharmaceuticals is exploring the possibility of mandating government contracts to give preference to the domestic manufacturers of medical devices for procurement.This is being done with the aim to boost the local manufacturing. To achieve this, there are talks of determining certain financial and preferential purchase rules that could be implemented by next month.As per the rules on preferential purchase, any ministry can make mandatory for the procurement from manufacturer at home to promote domestically manufactured goods.

    South Africa: Procurement bill gives public role in tenders

    10 May, 2017: The finalised draft Public Procurement Management Bill is intended to give civil society a role in adjudicating tenders, Treasury acting procurement chief Schalk Human says.This would make the award of tenders more open and transparent, Human said on Tuesday before briefing Parliament’s appropriations committee.

    Nepal: NEA defends LED procurement process

    09 May, 2017: Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has said that its plan to procure 20 million LED bulbs is for the efficient use of electricity to eliminate load-shedding from the country. “As per our immediate plan to reduce load-shedding, we have planned efficient use of electricity by replacing existing CFL and other bulbs with…

    Canada: Streamlining procurement process

    08 May, 2017: Welland’s finance and engineering departments are making things easier and far more convenient for the business community to respond to bids by modernizing their procurement practices, the city said in a release.It said the finance department is in the infancy stage of introducing electronic-bidding to better accommodate re-occurring bidding vendors, and attract new businesses as potential suppliers.

    Pakistan: Govt Taking Steps To Ensure Transparency In Procurement Process: Dar

    05 May, 2017: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said that the government takes every possible step to ensure transparency in procurement process.He said this while talking to the Chief Executive Officer of Open Government Partnership on the sidelines of ADB in Japan on Friday.The Finance Minister referred to the open and transparent process adopted for LNG projects which saved around 900 Million dollars.

    South Africa: N$35m cap on tenders

    03 May, 2017: All government tenders of more than N$35 million will be awarded by the Central Procurement Board, the latest procurement regulations show.The new public procurement regulations were filed at the justice ministry by finance minister CalleSchlettwein in February this year. According to the new rules, state-owned entities are divided into three categories, with each category having its own procurement and contract value ceiling.

    Uganda: Government to Reduce Procurement Period to 90 Days

    30 April, 2017: The government has finalised the National Public Sector Procurement Policy, which will among other things, limit procurement time to a maximum of 90 days.According to the minister of Finance, MrMatiaKasaija, the amendment of the PPDA Act 2003 and the PPDA Regulations 2014, is aimed at creating efficiency in the procurement process across government departments.

    South Africa: Revised Preferential Procurement Regulations, 2017

    27 April, 2017: The revised Preferential Procurement Regulations 2017 ("PPPFA Regulations 2017") issued in terms of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, 2000, came into effect on 1 April 2017. The PPPFA Regulations 2017 have repealed the 2011 PPPFA Regulations ("2011 Regulations") in their entirety, and have introduced a number of key changes aimed at using procurement to promote local industrial development, socio-economic transformation and the empowerment of small business enterprises, cooperatives, and rural and township enterprises.

    Turkey: Turkey Updates Rules And Procurement Processes For Petroleum Products

    25 April, 2017: Turkey's Energy Markets Regulatory Authority ("Authority") has amended procurement principles for petroleum products from domestic and international sources, excluding fuel oil ("Petrol Products"). New conditions now apply to the letter of conformity, which is required for Petrol Product imports to enter free circulation in Turkey. The Authority must now also approve delivery of such products.

    United States: Procurement bill moves through Senate finance

    25 April, 2017: The Senate finance committee on Tuesday morning moved the ”Procurement bill” forward, setting the stage for a vote on the measure in the state senate. The bill, sponsored by Republican Deputy Majority Leader John De Francisco of Syracuse, would restore parts of the Comptroller’s oversight of contracts from SUNY, CUNY and OGS. The Comptroller lost some of that oversight in a legislation put forth by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and approved by the Legislature in 2011 and 2012.

    Vietnam: First Time In History – Government Procurement Tender Decisions Will Be Subject To International Arbitration And Investments Subject To Investor State Dispute Settlement And Enforcement

    24 April, 2017:Vietnam is one of the countries with the highest ratio of public investment to GDP on the world (i.e., 39% annually from 1995). However, Vietnam has not agreed to coverage of their government procurement by the Government Procurement Agreement of the WTO (GPA). Indeed, Vietnam for the first time has undertaken to do so in a recent Free Trade Agreement with the EU (EVFTA). The EVFTA on Government Procurement mainly deals with the requirement to treat EU bidders or domestic bidders with EU investment capital…

    India: Govt makes it mandatory to procure 75% of metro rail cars indigenously

    21 April, 2017:In a fresh push to Make in India, the government Sunday made domestic procurement mandatory for 75% of metro rail cars and 25% of its critical equipment.“The initiatives are expected to incentivise setting up of manufacturing facilities in the country by increasing the volumes of procurement ... This will in turn result in reduction of cost through economies of scale,” the ministry of urban development said.Until now there were no procurement restrictions for metro rail coaches and a bulk of them were imported.

    Philippines: ADB to implement new procurement framework from July

    21 April, 2017: The Asian Development Bank has decided to adopt a new framework to transit from a 'one size fits all' to a 'fit for purpose' approach to procurement in ADB-financed projects. Manila headquartered ADB saw the value of contracts awarded in its projects rise by almost 40 per cent from USD 6.8 billion in 2013 to USD 9.5 billion in 2016.

    United Kingdom:GDS to use feedback on procurement to create new ‘model contracts’

    18 April, 2017: The Government Digital Service (GDS) is to use feedback it has had on procurement processes to create new ‘model contracts' that it hopes will put to bed many existing issues and modernize the contract lifecycle.GDS had already published a blog post in 2016 setting out its vision for government contracts in the 21st century.

    Unites States of America: ‘Buy American’ order puts procurement in the spotlight

    18 April, 2017: President Donald Trump's "America first" campaign agenda is being translated into federal procurement policy in an executive order that calls for agencies to "buy American" and for companies to "hire American.""The “Buy and Hire American” order I'm about to sign will help protect workers and students like those of you in the audience today," Trump said.

    Ghana: Public sector urged to embrace e-procurement

    13 April, 2017: The President of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), Ghana, Mrs Stella Addo, has urged public institutions to use electronic platforms for their procurements to increase their efficiency.E-procurement, she said, was fast driving growth in the private sector; hence, the need for the public institutions to move from the manual system.

    Jamiaca: Cabinet Appoints New Generation Procurement Entity Members

    13 April, 2017: Cabinet recently appointed seven (7) members to serve on the Generation Procurement Entity (GPE), which was established in The Electricity Act, 2015.The entity will be headed by Professor Alvin Wint, Emeritus Professor of International Business, UWI, as Chairman.

    India: Government “e-marketplace”: Cabinet orders winding up government’s procurement department, to replace with e-marketplace

    12 April, 2017: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday ordered the Directorate General of Supplies & Disposal (DGS&D) to wind up operations by October 31 and approved a special purpose vehicle called the Government e-Marketplace (GeM SPV) as its replacement. The GeM would be the national public procurement portal and will be registered as Section 8 Company for providing procurement of goods and services…

    United Kingdom: CPA introduces new procurement tool

    11 April, 2017: Procurement guidance tool launched to help implement government’s balanced scorecard approach. A NEW procurement guidance tool has been launched by the Construction Products Association (CPA) in direct response to the recently launched government-model Balanced Scorecard.The approach, developed by the Cabinet Office, introduces guidance around themes such as environmental sustainability and supply chain management, which government departments will be required to factor into the procurement valuation process alongside risk and quality criteria, and not just lowest price.

    India: Comments Invited On Draft Guidelines For Procurement Of Wind Power Through Bidding

    11 April, 2017:With India presently having a wind power installed capacity of around 32GW, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy ("MNRE") has invited comments on the draft guidelines for procurement of wind power through bidding. The draft guidelines have been formulated to promote competition and transparency through the process of bidding as required in terms of section 63 of the Electricity Act, 2003. The draft guidelines identifies the participants in the bidding process and outlines the pre-bid and post-bid activities and documentation to be fulfilled while undertaking the bidding process.

    United Kingdom: Defra (The Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) set to launch end user procurement under UnITyprogramme

    10 April, 2017:The Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) is planning to launch a procurement competition for the largest End User Environment delivery contract in central government, worth up to £131m.An OJEU tender notice is set to come out around June 6, following a market engagement day that will be held in May. The potential contract is the latest workstream under the £1.67bn UnITyprogramme and heralds an opportunity to provide an end user (desktop) environment for over 21,000 users across six organisations: Defra, the Environment Agency..

    Colorado: Hickenlooper signs procurement modernization into Colorado law

    06 April, 2017: Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed into law the largest reform of Colorado’s procurement code since the state developed its standards for working with private companies 35 years ago.It also exempts grants from the state bidding requirements, and it makes it easier for losing bidders to challenge decisions they feel were unfair.

    Angola: Public procurement in Angola will be electronic from June

    03 April, 2017: Angola’s Ministry of Finance plans to launch an electronic procurement platform in June, “an instrument that will promote good practices related to public expenditure,” a ministry official told Angolan news agency Angop. This process will also replace the paper-based process and cut red tape, allowing for more agility, transparency and savings to the state coffers, said the Ministry of Finance official.

    India: Government to hire tech-company to run its online procurement marketplace GeM

    03 April, 2017:The government is looking to hire a technology company to run its online procurement marketplace launched in August, and some of the biggest players in the industry are in the fray for it. The Centre had recently amended the General Financial Rules to make it compulsory for all government departments and agencies to procure from the proposed government emarketplace, or GeM

    South Africa: Revised preferential procurement regulations take effect on April 1

    30 March, 2017: The revised preferential procurement regulations, which are intended to give increased state support to small, medium and micro businesses (SMMEs) take effect on April 1. The regulations stipulate that 30% of appropriate categories of state procurement must be set aside for SMMEs and co-operatives, as well as township and rural enterprises.

    Romania: New Developments in the Romanian Public Procurement Legislation

    30 March, 2017: In 2016, the Romanian public procurement legislation was completely changed. The package includes new primary and secondary legislation (four new laws and methodological norms related to three out of these laws). It was already followed by first modifications of the methodological norms concerning classical public procurement as well as public procurement in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors.

    Australia: New South Wales pioneering the use of operator-led PPP procurement model in healthcare

    30 March, 2017: A state government in Australia is pioneering the use of a public private partnership (PPP) procurement model in healthcare that offers potential for governments across the world to upgrade facilities, improve clinical services and control costs. The operator-led PPP procurement model, adopted by the New South Wales government, is different from traditional PPPs…

    China: China Public Procurement says loss for 2016 be reduced by about 80%

    28 March, 2017: China Public Procurement Ltd expected that loss for year ended 31 December 2016 be reduced by approximately 80%. Expected loss for year ended 31 December 2016 due to provision of impairment of trade and other receivables and loan receivables. Further company coverage:

    South Africa: New public procurement legislation to take effect this week

    27 March, 2017: With the revised legislation governing public procurement processes coming into effect this week, stakeholders are expecting the impact of the radical economic transformation within public procurement processes to become clear in due course. Government repealed and replaced its Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) of 2000 with the new Preferential Procurement Regulations,..

    Namibia: New procurement board members shortlisted for Central Procurement Board of Namibia

    27 March, 2017: Government has shortlisted 18 people for possible appointment to the new Central Procurement Board of Namibia which replaces the corruption-tainted Tender Board of Namibia as the primary arbiter in all government contracting as from 1 April. The creation of the new procurement body is set to break the hold over public procurement of a cabal of permanent secretaries that was exercised through the Tender Board over the years.

    Zimbabwe: New procurement policy gets thumbs up

    25 March, 2017: Captains of industry have said the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Asset Policy will promote the local procurement of goods as well as curb underhand dealings in the acquisition of assets by Government and its various departments. The Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Asset Bill sailed through the committee stage in the National Assembly two weeks ago and is now before the Parliamentary Legal Committee to check for its constitutionality.

    Gambia: Ministry of Finance, GPPA train procurement actors

    22 March, 2017: The department of Public Procurement under the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs in Banjul in collaboration with the Gambia Public Procurement Authority (GPPA), with technical support from a European Union long term consultant, recently organized a four-day training course for procurement actors on public procurement. The course attracted participants from various institutions ranging from parastatals to government and private sector institutions…

    Nigeria: House Amends Public Procurement Act, Raises Contract Mobilisation Fee to 50%

    17 March, 2017: The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill seeking to amend the Public Procurement Act, 2007 into law. The new procurement act increases contract mobilisation fee from 15 per cent to not more than 50 per cent while mobilised contractors risk a two-year jail term should they abandon projects.

    Armenia: World Bank to use ARMEPS system of public procurement

    17 March, 2017: The World Bank Yerevan Office will use an Armenian-government designed electronic system of public procurement to make purchases, Deputy Finance Minister Karen Tamazyan told journalists on Friday. He said the government launched a pilot electronic platform for public procurement called ARMEPS, which will start full-fledged operation from April.

    Trinidad: President assents to Public Procurement Act

    14 March, 2017: President Anthony Carmona has assented to the Public Procurement (Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property (Amendment) Act. The Act, No. 3 of 2017 was received by the President and assented to on Monday (March 13). The Act amends the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property Act, 2015 to reduce the term of office for the Regulator and other members of the Board appointed to govern the Office of Procurement Regulation.

    United States of America: US Procurement Market More Open Than Other Nations: GAO

    13 March, 2017: The Government Accountability Office revealed Monday that the U.S. has opened its public procurement markets to foreign competition at a greater clip than many of its partners and stressed that much of the recordkeeping surrounding such government contracts must be dramatically improved. In its review of the World Trade Organization’s Government Procurement Agreement, or GPA, the GAO found that the U.S. has reported $837 billion in covered procurement…

    South Africa: NW govt to enforce 70% procurement spend on township entrepreneurs

    10 March, 2017: In a bold move to boost small businesses in the townships and villages, the North West government has announced plans to make public and private businesses spend 70% of their procurement budgets on township entrepreneurs. Delivering his State of the Province Address recently, North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo revealed that his administration plans to table the Village, Township, Small Dorpies (VTSD) Preferential Procurement Bill that will essentially force companies to spend the bulk of their budgets sourcing services from VTSD suppliers.

    Philippines: Duterte seeks to amend gov’t procurement law

    06 March, 2017: President Rodrigo Duterte is seeking to amend the government procurement law to focus on the quality of government suppliers instead of merely awarding the lowest bidder. “The President said quality should be given premium over lowest bid. ‘We need to amend the procurement law to correct this,’ he said,” Piñol added.

    Ghana: Government will enforce Public Procurement Act – Minister

    03 March, 2017: Government would strictly enforce the provisions of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 921) as amended by Public Procurement (Amendment) Act, 2016 (Act 914). “Especially with regard to sole sourcing, which has proven to pose significant risks to fiscal policy management,” the Minister of Finance has said.

    Zimbabwe: Govt Sets up e-procurement facility

    03 March, 2017: The Government has set up an e-procurement system to bring transparency in the business environment by removing revenue leaks related to inefficiencies and corruption. Speaking during a workshop held in Bulawayo yesterday to sensitise the private sector about e-procurement, senior principal director in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Mr. Solomon, Mhlanga, said govt was undertaking a number of economic reforms in the context of improving the ease of doing business.

    Republic of Latvia: New Public Procurement Law comes into force

    01 March, 2017: The new Public Procurement Law comes into force as of today, providing to a number of changes in procurement procedures, transposing the relevant European Union directives that deal with public procurement procedures.The Public Procurement Law stipulates that procurement contracts worth up to EUR 10,000 for services and supplies, and worth up to EUR 20,000 for construction works would not be applied the procurement procedure.

    Suppliers To Compete For Tenders Availed By World Bank Loan

    Businessess, suppliers and consultancy firms will compete for tenders which will be available as a consequence of the World Bank loan to government. Goods to be procured under this project were estimated in aggregate at not more than E100 million. The World Bank said the procurement of goods would be done using the World Bank’s standard bidding documents for all procurement under international competitive bidders and national competitive bidders, as appropriate.

    Philippines: Govt, UP to train procurement staff

    28 Jan, 2017: In a bid to reduce waste as well as underspending, the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) and the University of the Philippines (UP) have signed an agreement to train public procurement specialists. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, GPPB chairman, and UP President Alfredo Pascual agreed to organize the Certified Public Procurement Specialist Course for government employees involved in procurement processes.

    Srilanka: Fourth South Asia Region Public Procurement Conference to be held in Sri Lanka from February 20 -23

    27 Jan, 2017, Colombo: The Fourth South Asia Region Public Procurement Conference (SARPPC) will be held in Colombo and Kandy, Sri Lanka, from February 20 to 23, 2017 under the Theme "Electronic Government Procurement (e-GP) in South Asia: Achievements, Opportunities and Challenges". The Conference will be hosted by Department of Public Finance, Ministry of Finance and is co-sponsored by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and Islamic Development Bank.

    India, New Delhi: Power ministry releases medium-term power procurement guidelines

    27 Jan, 2017: The Ministry of Power has released the guidelines for procurement of electricity for medium term from power stations set up on finance, own and operate basis (FOO) through the e-bidding portal DEEP. Earlier this month, the government issued standard bidding documents to be adopted by distribution licensees for procurement of electricity from power producers, traders, distribution companies through competitive bidding through DEEP e-Bidding portal.

    Ukraine: EBRD strengthens public procurement in Ukraine

    27 Jan, 2017: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is strengthening the role of civil society in public procurement. Together with the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) and the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) the Bank is launching today a two-year project to monitor the public procurement of goods and services using the national electronic procurement system, ProZorro, and a special application developed by Transparency International Ukraine for collecting feedback.

    Srilanka: Sri Lanka public procurement seen broadening market for small business

    24 Jan, 2017: A government policy on green public procurement being drawn up by Sri Lanka will open up opportunities for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), an international conference on social enterprise was told. “The government is one of the biggest buyers,” Gamini Senanayake, an environmental policy expert told the forum on ‘Social Enterprises and SMEs for Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction’.

    South Africa: Revisions to public procurement regulations to further boost economy

    24 Jan, 2017: The revised Preferential Procurement Regulations, which were gazetted on January 20, have introduced prequalification criteria, which allow the advancement of selected categories of people by limiting competition. The restriction will limit the inclusion of well-established companies, unless they meet further requirements of subcontracting to these groups should they be successful.

    India: Railways to procure ultra sonic testing system for track safety

    23 Jan, 2017: Plagued with increased number of derailments, railways is going to procure most modern equipment to detect rail fracture in a faster mode. Currently, inspection of tracks is mostly carried out manually.

    Jamaica: Finance Minister Urges Expeditious Execution of Procurement Procedures

    13 Jan, 2017: Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, is urging the expeditious execution of public-procurement procedures and processes that are pivotal in facilitating speedier capital expenditure and project implementation. This call is directed at persons with responsibility for procurement in Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

    Jamaica: IDB signs agreement to authorize partial use of Jamaica’s national procurement system

    12 Jan, 2017: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on Wednesday signed an agreement with the government of Jamaica to authorize the partial use of the national procurement system. The agreement effectively means that procurement can be undertaken by executing agencies, using the government’s procurement guidelines, rather than the IDB’s, once this change is outlined in the loan and grant agreements of either current or impending operations.

    Zimbabwe: Govt to introduce e-GP Procurement to enhance Public Procurement

    12 Jan, 2017: Government will engage an information communication technology expert to develop an electronic Government procurement system to enhance institutional and legislative reforms to public procurement and improve capacity of e-GP system adoption. In a statement, the Office of the President and Cabinet said that the Government had received a Grant from the Zimbabwe Reconstruction Fund that is cordianted by World Bank under public procurement modenisation project and would use part of the proceeds from the ZIMREFto finance the e-GP Project.

    Jamaica: E-Procurement System Produces Results

    06 Jan, 2017: The Ministry of Finance and the Public Service is reporting that its new e-procurement regime is turning over contracts within three months, down from up to two years. Senior Director at the Ministry, Cecile Maragh, points out that the efficiency of the system allows all interested parties to deal with the bidding process from different locations, and that no longer do they need to book conference facilities for persons to review and decide on bid proposals.

    Ukraine: UN announces tenders under 8 public medicine procurement programs

    04 Jan, 2017: The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has announced tenders to procure medicines and medical products under eight budget sustained programs, the press service of Ukraine’s Health Ministry has reported.

    Croatia: New Modernised Public Procurement Rules Will Enter Into Force On 1 January 2017

    On 9 December 2016, the Croatian Parliament adopted the eagerly awaited new Public Procurement Act (Zakon o javnoj nabavi; "PPA")1 which enters into force on 1 January 2017. The PPA implements the new public procurement specific directives (2014/24/EU and 2014/25/EU) and brings about a number of significant changes to the Croatian public procurement legal framework. All public procurement procedures launched as of 1 January 2017 are subject to the new PPA.

    Australia: Commonwealth procurement set for massive change

    Revised Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs) come into effect on 1 March 2017. Labelled as a "massive change" by Senator Nick Xenophon, the updates will impact on the manner in which Commonwealth agencies manage procurement processes subject to Division 2 of the CPRs.

    Australia, Turnbull: Building procurement bill for local supplies ‘breaks WTO rules’

    The government is to change its procurement rules, from March 1, in order to require that “ethical factors” are met when contracts are awarded, as part of the deal it struck to gain the support of Senator Nick Xenophon’s group for its building industry legislation.

    Procurement for start-ups: where to begin?

    For many new or soon-to-be business owners and founders the procurement process is the least of their worries – or so they think. Usually caught up in issues regarding their hiring process, chain of command, growth and marketing strategies and similar traditional start-up issues, many put the procurement process to the back of their minds. Generally, the reason for this is because it seems like quite a simple process - Locate needed goods. Pay. Receive purchased goods. Document transaction. Seems easy right? Unfortunately, like any experienced manager or business owner will tell you, a business process is never as easy as it first may seem.

    Report: The 7 traits procurement high-performers display

    The notion that procurement is anything less than a key player in any company is not only inaccurate, but also self-defeating. Yet, a recent survey of 500 procurement professionals by AC Associates found 48% believe their bosses do not "get" what procurement's role is, while 55% felt they were treated as a "support" role,  Supply Chain Digital reports.

    Zimbabwe: Govt to regulate procurement

    Presenting the State of Industry on Wednesday, Industry and Commerce minister Mike Bimha, said his ministry was in the process of developing a policy which will force major companies to procure locally. He said the policy will be introduced to support and reinforce gains made during the introduction of the highly-unpopular Statutory Instrument 64 which saw government suspending a number of products from the Open General Import licence.

    New Zealand: Building capacity of auditors on public procurement

    The controller and auditor-general of Samoa Fuimaono Camillo Afele is hosting the Pacific regional program on compliance audit of public procurement which is part of an international capacity building program developed and delivered jointly by the INTOSAI Development Initiative and the Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions.

    Rwanda: Made-in-Rwanda: Govt to review procurement law

    The law on public procurement is set for review as one of the strategies to boost products that are made in Rwanda. According to the Minister for Trade, Industry, and East African Community Affairs, François Kanimba, the existing law has seen imported products gain an upper hand, consequently increasing the trade deficit.

    Philadelphia: Philadelphia Is Modernizing Procurement Regs For Modern Needs

    The City of Philadelphia is on track to comprehensively modernize its “old-school” procurement regulations, which have not changed since 1951.The proposed method, dubbed “Best Value,” will be put to Philadelphia voters in the form of a ballot referendum next May. “Best Value" is a practice employed successfully in 18 of the top 20 largest U.S. cities, as well as many states and the federal government.

    Canada: Newfoundland & Labrador’s New Public Procurement Act

    On December 14, 2016, Bill 46 and the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Procurement Act became law. The new Act isn't yet in effect, however, and the NL government indicates it will implement it in several phases (though this is only an estimated timeline and is subject to change): The parts of the Act creating the new Public Procurement Agency and Chief Procurement Officer will be dealt with sometime in early 2017. The government will then prepare the regulations, expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2017.

    India: Demonetisation move prompts digitisation of milk procurement

    Post-demonetisation, digitisation of milk procurement is getting a massive boost in organized segment which represents 20% of India's dairy industry. Cooperatives and private companies are looking for digital solutions for direct credit to cattle owners' accounts to ensure uninterrupted supply of milk despite currency shortage.

    India: India digitises procurement

    The Indian Government has launched a procurement site for vendors to bid for government projects. GeM, short for Government e-Marketplace, currently sells 2,534 products across 469 registered government departments, Radha Chauhan, Chief Executive Officer at India’s national e-governance division, told Bloomberg.

    Turkey: Public Procurement Authority Requires Local Currency

    The Regulations amending the Public Procurement Application Regulations and the Communiqué amending the Public Procurement General Communiqué entered into force with the publication of the Official Gazette dated 29.11.2016.

    Australia: The New Commonwealth Procurement Rules: Will the procurement benefit the Australian economy?

    The final week of the sitting calendar for 2016 has seen not only Senate crossbench support for a Bill to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission, but also some important changes to the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs), including a requirement to consider the “economic benefit of the procurement to the Australian economy”.

    NC’s good governance committee calls for Procurement Act

    There is a need to enact a Public Procurement Act, states the “review report on the public procurement system” by the good governance committee of the National Council (NC). Presenting the report in the House yesterday, the committee’s chairperson Tempa Dorji said public procurement is a crucial pillar of service delivery for any government. He said a well governed public procurement system is imperative for fostering public sector efficiency and establishing citizens’ trust.

    Jamaica: Fayval Williams emphasizes importance of public procurement

    Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Fayval Williams, says public procurement is a viable means of stimulating sustained economic growth and development. Williams was speaking at the opening of the 12th Inter-American Network on Government Procurement (INGP) conference, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James, on November 29.

    Zimbabwe: Public Hearings on Bill Commence

    Public hearings by Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Finance and Economic Development on the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Bill and the Reserve Bank Amendment Bill will commence today countrywide. The Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Bill will repeal the Procurement Act and abolish the State Procurement Board, while the Reserve Bank Amendment Bill, seeks to give broader legal effect to the introduction of bond notes.

    Australia: New procurement rules in exchange for ABCC

    The federal government has unveiled changes to commonwealth procurement rules in a bid to secure crossbench support for its building industry watchdog in the Senate. Finance Minister Mathias Cormann tabled the new procurement rules, due to come into effect on March 1, in parliament on Tuesday night.

    Going through a merger? Procurement plays an important role

    The procurement department is indispensable when it comes to delivering the savings promised by a corporate merger. There has been a lot of news about mergers lately. We've been hearing about activity involving the chemical companies Dow Chemical and DuPont, Starwood Hotels and Marriott, and security systems company Tyco International and the industrial conglomerate Johnson Controls, to name a few. The research firm Dealogic LLC reports that on a global basis, the value of announced mergers in the first half of 2016 amounted to US$1.71 trillion.

    Assam, India: E-procurement made mandatory for tenders worth Rs 20 lakh and above

    All procurements of tenders worth Rs 20 lakhs and above need to be mandatorily issued through e-tendering from December 1, 2016, while the earlier limit was Rs 1 crore. Disclosing the above, an official press release here said that the State’s Finance Department has re-notified Para 4, Para 6 and Para 8 by an Office Memorandum dated November 23, 2016, which stated that all administrative departments of Government of Assam and its subordinate directorates/offices/agencies, etc., (including institutions receiving grants-in-aids from Government of Assam) shall resort to e-procurement (https://assamtenders.gov.in) with effect from December 1, 2016 for all tenders of value of Rs 20 lakh and above.

    South Africa: The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) hosts Policy Dialogue to reflect on Procurement Accord

    The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) will host the economic policy dialogue to discuss the role that big business can play to enhance the Local Procurement and localisation. The Director-General of the dti, Mr Lionel October says buying locally manufactured goods and products will go a long way in creating jobs in South Africa.

    Sudan: Towards Enhancing the Treatment of Patients in Sudan: UNDP and Ministry of Health Reach an Agreement on Broad-scale Procurement of Essential Medicines

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Ministry of International Cooperation and the Ministry of Health have reached in March 2016 a breakthrough agreement on broad-scale procurement of medicines, medical and laboratory equipment and consumables aiming to extensively increase access to treatment of patients in Sudan.

    Jamaica: Jamaica to host Inter-American Network on Government Procurement conference in St James

    Over 300 participants from thirty-two countries across the region are expected to be in attendance at the twelfth annual Inter-American Network on Government Procurement (INGP) Conference. INGP is an initiative of the countries of the Americas and is supported by the Organisation of American States (OAS).

    Australia : Government outlines Australia’s IT procurement future

    A future platform for Australia’s IT procurement system should be able to “ingest and provide technology,” according to Assistant Minister for Digital Transformation, Angus Taylor. Taylor, who spoke at an Open Opportunity forum in Canberra on 24 November, said that such a government procurement gateway would need to be open and streamlined, so that new technologies could be deployed quickly to improve public services.

    Sri Lanka: e-GP for transparent public procurement

    Following the establishment of an Independent Procurement Commission under the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, The Ministry of Finance is considering the introduction of an Electronic Government Procurement system to make the procurement process more transparent and corruption free.

    World Bank: Procurement innovation awards launched

    The South Asia Regional Public Procurement Network with Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and Procurement iNET have recently launched South Asia Procurement Innovation Awards 2016-17. The key objective of the Awards is to enhance learning and knowledge sharing from innovative approaches adopted by procurement entities and systems across the region, the Central Procurement Unit of the planning ministry said in a statement.  Case studies under five categories should be submitted by December 31, 2016.

    Croatia: New Rules for Public Procurement Procedures in Croatia

    The most economically advantageous offer will in the future be the only criterion for selecting winning bids in public procurement procedures. That is one of changes which will be instituted by the new Law on Public Procurement, which was adopted at today’s session of the cabinet. The proposal will now go to Parliament and is expected to enter into force soon thereafter.

    Zimbabwe: Procurement reforms intensify

    A TEAM from the World Bank-administered multi-donor trust completes its mission today of supporting the implementation of a programme to reform public procurement. It met officials from the Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) and other agencies involved in the procurement reforms.

    India: India publishes new guidelines for procurement misconduct

    The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) published on 21 November long-delayed guidelines on how to deal with suppliers who have been charged with misconduct in defence procurement. The "guidelines for penalties in business dealings with entities" remove the previous blanket 10-year ban on any company alleged of wrongdoing. Over the past decade more than 10 companies are known to have been subjected to these disbarments.

    Canada: New Public Procurement Act Aims To Bring ‘Best Value’ To Province

    The provincial government has introducing a new public procurement act to replace the decades old Public Tendering Act. The legislation will dictate how government acquires goods, services, public works projects, and even leases office space. Among the many changes; the proposed legislation introduces the idea of "best value," rather than simply awarding contracts to the lowest bidder.

    India: Procurement: India Declares An Ammo Emergency

    ndia is again invoking its emergency FTP (Fast Track Procurement) procedures which enable immediate purchase of essential military items without the usual political and procurement delays that can add years, sometimes a decade or more, to obtaining needed items. In this case the FTP is being invoked to purchase a billion dollars of ammunition (mostly), small arms and replacement parts for some weapons. The urgency was triggered by the increasing possibility of a border war with Pakistan.

    Jamaica: Procurement commission begins work

    The newly formed Public Procurement Commission (PPC) has begun operating and wants the public, especially bidders, to acquaint themselves with the law and the procedural requirements of the procurement process.

    Sierra Leone: GOSL in Collaboration with NPPA Ends E – Government Procurement Workshop

    The Government of Sierra Leone in Collaboration with the National Public Procurement Authority (NPPA), with support from the World Bank, on Tuesday 15th 2016 held a one day E- Government Procurement workshop at the Miatta conference Hall.   The theme for the one day E - Government Procurement workshop was: “Enhancing Public Procurement Efficiency - A case for E - Government Procurement”. The purpose of the workshop was to bring together a wide range of stakeholders from Sierra Leone to foster sensitization and awareness on the necessity for the migration to an E - GP operational platform for conducting public sector procurement processes.

    United Kingdom, Ireland: Procurement Guidelines under the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies 2016

    The Irish Government has published a new Code of Practice on governance which applies to commercial and non-commercial State and regulatory bodies. The Code came into effect on 1 September 2016 and, among other corporate governance rules, it contains important guidance on public procurement practice.

    Republic of Malta: Reforming public procurement

    The European Union promotes a strategy of transparent, fair and competitive public procurement across the Single Market as it generates business opportunities, drives economic growth and creates jobs. The tactics it uses to achieve this strategic objective includes cutting red tape and capitalising on the benefits of the digital revolution. Improved governance, the simplification of procedures and the greater use of electronic tools in public procurement are other important tools for fighting fraud and corruption.

    World Bank set out to reform its procurement process. What’s changed?

    The World Bank’s ambitious new procurement framework, the product of three years of work and extensive consultation, officially went live in July. Now all new projects use the new system. The procurement reform process, which officially started in 2012, was designed to address concerns raised by businesses, staff and borrower countries about the policies for buying goods, works and services with bank-financed loans.

    Argentina: Amendments To The Federal Government’s Procurement Regime

    As from October 2016, a set of amendments to the framework, governing Federal Government Procurement have entered into force. On October 1, 2016, by means of Decree No. 1030 the Federal Executive Branch (the "PEN" after its Spanish acronym) introduced a set of amendments to the Federal Government's Procurement Regime. The new regulation has been issued in a context of modernization and development of applied technologies to the public administration, to facilitate access to contractors' selection process.

    United States, Richmonde: New procurement law IRR seminar in Iloilo

    The 2016 revised implementing rules and regulation (IRR) of the procurement law has been signed into law and took effect on October 28. Don’t be left behind. These changes will impact on all government procurement and transactions with the private sector.

    Belize: Ministry of Economic Development to hold procurement workshop

    The Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce, is preparing to hold a week-long training on public procurement for government departments. Public procurement is the process by which public authorities, such as government departments or local authorities, purchase work, goods or services from companies. The training, funded by the 10th European Development Fund, forms a part of a regional project between Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) countries and the European Union (EU).

    Philadelphia: Bill aims to reshape Philly procurement, drop tunnel vision on initial bid price

    City Council is considering a bill that would change the Philadelphia City Charter so public works contracts would be awarded based on "best value," instead of the current system where the lowest bidder always wins. The legislation is the latest piece to come out of the Administrative Office that aims to bring the procurement process into the 21st century.

    Zimbabwe: Government gazettes Procurement Bill

    Government has gazette the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Bill that seeks to abolish the State Procurement Board and constitute the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe to oversee and regulate procurement activities among State Enterprises. Gazetting of the Bill is expected to enhance transparency following allegations of rampant corruption red tape at the SPB.

    Ukraine: Health Ministry signs procurement agreement with Crown Agents to use 2016 budget funds

    Ukraine's Health Ministry has signed a medicine procurement agreement with Britain's Crown Agents to use 2016 budget funds. Crown Agents told Interfax-Ukraine that the agreement was signed on October 27. Soon it would be specified under what programs and what cost of the procurement will be.

    South Africa: Public Procurement Bill to Be Considered By Cabinet

    Cape Town — A Public Procurement Bill, aimed at consolidating the legal and policy framework for supply chain management, will be considered by Cabinet before April 2017, National Treasury said on Wednesday. In the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) tabled in Parliament by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, National Treasury said the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO) is working to improve spending efficiency and eliminate opportunities for corruption.

    Scotland: Partnership or procurement: a roundtable on collaboration across sectors

    “I know that some in the public sector are always a little bit reticent about private sector involvement. I think times are changing and we’re seeing more folk see private sector involvement as an opportunity rather than a threat, as it often was felt in the past,” said Kevin Stewart, Scottish Government Minister for Local Government and Housing, in his opening remarks at the Holyrood and Carillion roundtable on public-private partnership.

    South Africa: Gauteng Introduces Open Tender Law to Tighten Public Procurement

    Finance MEC Barbara Creecy today announced that the Gauteng Provincial Treasury will next year introduce legislation to make the Open Tender system a law that must be followed to procure goods and services in the province.

    Angola: Meet the Law | Angola Update ­ Public Procurement Reforms

    After more than five years since the publication of Law No. 20/10, of September 7, the National Assembly of Angola approved an important amendment to the Public Procurement Act - now denominated "Lei dos Contratos Públicos" - by Law No. 9/16 of 16 June. This review has the purpose to bridge the gaps that have been identified over the years of implementation of the Law.

    New South Wales: NSW procurement changes will deliver boost to innovation, Minister says…Changes make it easier for government agencies to conduct proof-of-concept testing using products and services offered by SMEs

    Changes to New South Wales government procurement that took effect at the start of October will better enable agencies to trial innovative products and services offered by startups, according to the state’s minister for innovation and better regulation, Victor Dominello.

    India: Mission Bhagiratha: Telangana govt starts massive procurement process

    The decision to buy motors and piping equipment from Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao to review the Rs 40,000 core project. The Telangana government on Sunday decided to buy all electromechanical equipment for its ambitious Mission Bhagiratha, aimed at providing piped drinking water to each of the state's 84 lakh households by 2018, from public-sector BHEL, an official statement said.

    Cayman Islands: MLAs back bill to tighten public procurement

    A bill designed to remove political interference, create transparency, improve efficiency, get better value for money and generally tighten up the entire process around government procurement was backed by the parliament Monday, with no opposition, following its second reading. Government hopes that the legislation, which has been a long time coming and inspired by years of concern raised publicly and frequently by the Office of the Auditor General, will eliminate perceptions of corruption and, in the end, save government money.

    Phillippines: PH scores high in preparation, procurement of PPPs – World bank

    Philippine Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program scored high in preparation and procurement of PPPs in the latest World Bank Report. The Philippines received a score of 96 in preparation of PPPs, 85 on procurement of PPPs, 84 for PPP contract management and 67 for unsolicited proposals. “Scores nearing 100 are economies that are considered having PPP regulatory frameworks that closely align with internationally recognized good practices,” the WB report said.

    Malta: Public procurement to be decentralised – new procedures announced

    The government has announced changes to its procurement procedures, saying they would lead to more efficiency and transparency. They would also make it easier and cheaper for companies to seek government contracts. The new regulations bring Malta in line with EU directives. The Ministry of Finance and the Principal Permanent Secretary said calls for tender would now be made online through an Electronic Public procurement System (EPPS).

    Ghana: Plans underway to create new procurement entity

    The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI), has revealed plans to merge the Ghana Supply Commission, and the Ghana National Procurement Authority into one National Procurement Company (NPC). This is expected to give greater teeth to the enforcement of the recently launched Made-in-Ghana Policy, which has instructed all public institutions to procure made-in-Ghana goods and services.

    Europe: Rail Baltica procurement agreement signed.

    Nine government and railway organisations from Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania have signed an agreement setting out the procurement model for Rail Baltica II, the planned 1 435 mm gauge line which would run 728 km to Riga and Tallinn from the current standard gauge railhead at Kaunas. Baiba Rubesa, CEO of the tri-national project promotion joint venture RB Rail, said the agreement was important because there is no European precedent for a three-way rail infrastructure project.

    London: New guide on social and environmental public procurement

    The UK government has issued guidance on how the public sector should incorporate social and environmental considerations into procurement. The guidance has been produced in response to the 2014 EU procurement regulations, some of which came into force earlier this year. “One of the objectives of the new directives is to allow contracting authorities to make better use of public procurement in support of common societal goals,” said the report.

    Armania: Prime Minister orders to shift to centralized government procurement

    Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan has given today two weeks to the ministry of finance to draw a draft legal act on the partial centralization of the procurement process.

    Ghana: Procurement of Made-in-Ghana goods to become mandatory — Spio-Garbrah

    The Ministry of Trade and Industry is considering enacting legislation that will make it mandatory for public institutions to procure made-in-Ghana goods and services. The move is to ensure that public institutions do not procure foreign goods when there are Made-in-Ghana goods and services over which the country has a competitive advantage in production.

    India: Draft of procurement policy for MSMEs framed in Haryana: Capt. Abhimanyu

    Haryana Government has formulated a public procurement policy for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the state. Finance Minister Capt. Abhimanyu said on Sunday that the policy would help promote MSMEs by improving their market access and competitiveness through increased participation.

    Zimbabwe: The Public Procurement Bill to bring transparency in Procurement Systems await gazetting..

    The Public Procurement Bill is ready for gazetting, setting the stage for the establishment of a procurement regulatory authority that will supervise and bring transparency in tender processes. Finance & Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa told that the Bill would address historic loopholes and ensure fairness, honesty, and cost effectiveness and industry competition.

    Yukon : Government outlines plan to revamp procurement guidelines

    The Yukon government has set out a list of steps it will take to improve how it designs and awards government contracts, in order to help local businesses compete.

    Vietnam/United States: U. S. advances Global Procurement Initiative partnership in Vietnam

    The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) on Thursday expanded its partnership with Vietnam under the Agency’s Global Procurement Initiative (GPI). USTDA and the Public Procurement Agency (PPA) signed a grant agreement to cooperate on a feasibility study that will develop a database to track the past performance of contractors operating in Vietnam, the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi said in a press release the same day.

    United Kingdom: A new toolkit has been launched to help local authorities obtain the most social value out of their public procurement.

    The Social Value Maturity Index (SVMI) is a self-assessment tool allowing both public buyers and private suppliers to quantify how well they deliver social value. It automatically provides a tailored action plan and will allow companies to compare their progress with peers. It was launched in UK Parliament on 12 September 2016.

    Uganda: The Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Asset Authority (PPDA) amending procurement law

    The Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Asset Authority (PPDA) are in the process of amending the procurement laws in order to create efficiency in the procurement process. Moses Ojambo, the PPDA Director in charge of Capacity Building and Advisory Services said the amended law would focus much on issues intended to minimize forgeries, fight corruption and reduce time wastage in the procurement and tendering process.

    Turkey: Turkey To Launch Public Procurement System For Railway Passenger Transport

    Turkey has introduced a new system for procurement of railway passenger transportation services. From 1 May 2018 onward, railway train operators will be chosen via a tender procedure, announced by the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication. The Regulation was published in Official Gazette number 29807 on 20 August 2016, coming into force on the same date.

    Sierra Leone: Launches ‘Pay No Bribe’ Campaign

    Anti corruption officials in Sierra Leone have been touring regional communities to promote the country’s Pay No Bribe campaign. The campaign, being run by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), involves a website to record and report evidence on bribery and corruption in five service areas: education, electricity, health, police and water and sanitation.

    Sri Lanka: Ensuring good governance in public procurement- Interview with Mr. P. Algama, Director-General, Public Finance, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of Sri Lanka

    Public procurement reform is a priority to the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL). The need to improve Sri Lanka’s public sector governance system in order to achieve long-term economic and social development goals is a more pressing issue now than ever before. Especially with the end of the civil war, which crippled the economic progress of the country for three decades, demand for good governance has become a priority. Civil society, donors, and the international community have put pressure on the new government that came to power in January 2015 with the mandate of providing “Good Governance,” in order to improve the governance system and to accomplish much-needed economic and social development. There is consensus among all groups to help Sri Lanka improve its public sector governance, especially in the area of Public Financial Management.

    South Africa: President to Repeal Current Preferential Procurement Act

    The Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) has not yielded the transformation results it was set to achieve, and given the shortcomings of the act, it will be repealed, said President Jacob Zuma.

    Rwanda: Government Orders All Public Procurement Services Go Online Next Year

    The Government is set to roll out electronic public procurement system, dubbed "Umucyo e-Procurement System of Rwanda," at all public entities. The move is in a bid to transition from paper-based work toward digital age. The system is expected to ensure transparency and accountability in procurement and increase the ability of the country's entities to deliver better services to citizens.

    Russia: Government to change tender conditions for public procurement of high-priced drugs

    The Russian Ministry of Health is considering changing the conditions of tendering for the public procurement of high-priced drugs and vaccines, according to recent statements of an official spokesman of Veronika Skvortsova, Russia’s Minister of Health. It is planned that changes may involve the introduction of restrictions on the participation of small companies, reports The Pharma Letter’s local correspondent.

    Russia: Russian Goods to Have Priority in Country’s Public Procurement Starting 2017

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree giving priority to Russian goods and services over foreign ones in government procurement starting next year, a document published on the official Russian government website says. The decree will come into force on January 1, 2017."Set a priority for goods of Russian origin, work and services carried out or rendered by Russian individuals, in carrying out the procurement of goods, work and services… over goods originating from a foreign country, work and services carried out or rendered by foreign persons," the Friday document says.

    Romania: Public procurement to be carried out online in Romania by 2018

    All public procurement needs to be carried out online by 2018, said yesterday Bogdan Puscas, president of the National Public Procurement Agency (ANAP).

    Nigeria: Government To Begin E-Procurement In Six Ministries

    The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced plans to start the pilot phase of electronic procurement (E-Procurement) systems in six ministries. The government says a total of 48 billion Naira is expected to be saved from the new initiative.

    Mexico/US: U.S. establishes procurement partnership with Mexico

    The U.S. Trade and Development Agency and the Government of Mexico’s Ministry of Public Administration, Secretaría de la Función Pública (SFP), formalized a partnership that will promote transparency, increased competition and best value in the procurement of public works and infrastructure projects in Mexico. Under this agreement, USTDA and the Government of Mexico are launching a training workshop as part of the Agency’s Global Procurement Initiative: Understanding Best Value (GPI).

    Macau: DSF to boost transparency of public procurement

    The Financial Services Bureau (DSF) has undertaken research regarding the feasibility of setting up a new database for developers and suppliers in the city for public procurement, as well as launching a new website to announce information on public tenders.

    India: Procurement system to go online in haryana

    The crops of farmers in Haryana would be procured online through e-procurement from October 1 and its payment would be made direct to the farmers’ bank accounts.

    India: Indian MoD tweaks procurement procedures

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has significantly increased the military's procurement powers to meet revenue or operational expenses, a decade after they were last reviewed. Under the MoD's Delegation of Financial Powers to Defence Services (DFPDS) 2016 released on 6 September, the financial powers of the respective Vice Chiefs down to battalion and company commanders - and their naval and air force equivalents - had in some cases doubled and quadrupled to acquire assorted goods and services.

    Guyana: Establishes procurement commission

    Guyana has finally established a commission, removing government involvement in spending public funds on tendering and procurement, the Guyana Government Information Agency confirmed. The Public Procurement Commission (PPC) consists of five members with experience of procurement, legal, financial and administrative matters and will bring to an end the government cabinet’s role in the award of multi-million dollar contracts.

    Angola: New Law On Public Procurement Comes Into Effect

    Luanda — The new bill on public procurement recently approved by the National Assembly, revoking the previous law will be coming into effect on September 16. The document that defends the rationalisation, reduction and control of public expenditure has as its main purpose to modernise and simplify the public procurement procedures.

    India: Commerce ministry starts e-marketplace for goods procurement

    NEW DELHI: The Commerce Ministry has launched an e-marketplace for online purchase of goods and services by various central government ministries and departments.

    Kenya: It Is Back to School for Procurement Officers

    All procurement professionals in Kenya must now go back to class to acquire certification following the enactment of a new law, which makes it mandatory for supply chain officers to be licensed. Those who violate the new requirement face a fine or a term in jail. The Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act (2015) -- which took effect in January this year -- requires all practising purchasing officers to hold professional qualifications on top of their academic papers.

    Tanzania: Suppliers Happy With LPG Bulk Procurement Plans

    Few years ago, the government adopted the bulk procurement system in the importation of petroleum under the Petroleum and Bulk Procurement Agency (PBPA). "This system has brought positive changes in the importation of petroleum in the country, we expect the same thing in the importation of LPG," said Mr Mohamed.

    New Qatar Public Procurement Law

    Last week the State of Qatar implemented a new public procurement law. The new law further aligns Qatar's public procurement laws with international best practice and should streamline public procurement in Qatar.

    Zambia: Govt tackles graft….As Lungu launches e-Govt Procurement System Guide

    PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has launched the e-Government procurement system guide meant to enhance transparency, save Zambia millions of Kwacha and stop public outcry in the procurement process. The new system will guide all public procurement contracts and curb malpractices, to enable the country save millions of Kwacha. The system that will be run by the Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA) will enhance transparency and participation of small-scale business entities.

    Thailand: Cabinet nod for public procurement draft

    The cabinet yesterday approved a draft bill on public procurement, which will govern purchases made not only by all state agencies, but also by local administrative organisations, state enterprises, public...

    “Miloda”, Sri Lanka joins hands with Procurement iNET to launch CPPP

    The World Bank entered into a memorandum of understanding with Miloda, Academy of Financial studies, the training arm of Ministry of Finance, Sri Lanka, to launch joint certification of the Certificate Program in Public Procurement (CPPP), here in Colombo on Monday. Mr. Anura Lokuhetty, Co-CEO signed the MoU on behalf of Miloda and Mr. Haider […]

    Bangladesh: 200 Terra-Byte Storage for e-Procurement

    The World Bank helps the government to scale up electronic procurement system to meet higher demand for more effective and efficient use of public funds. A new data centre with 200 terra-byte storage capacity will be set up with an additional financing of $10 million that the global agency approved in Washington on Monday, said an announcement in Dhaka.

    Tanzania: Bill to Amend Public Procurement Act in the Pipeline

    The government is expected to table the Bill to amend the Public Procurement Act before the end of the budget sessions. Finance and Planning deputy minister Ashatu Kijaji has confirmed this.

    Romania: New Public Procurement Laws have Entered into Force

    The new public procurement laws entered into force on 26 May 2016 and will apply to all public procurement proceedings initiated after their entry into force and to those public procurement contracts that are concluded after this date.

    Panama Amends its Public Procurement Law

    There are several proposed changes to the Public Procurement Law. Around 20 articles will be added, and another 69 would be modified. Through the modifications, the sum of the so-called "Minor Purchases" would be increased up to US$50,000.00, without requiring proposal bond or performance bond.

    Hungary’s Public Procurement must Involve Consultants under New Rule

    Under changing regulations consultants will be required to scrutinize large-scale public procurement procedures to ensure transparency, deputy state secretary for public procurements Dániel Gergely Császár said today, according to reports.

    Czech Republic: New Public Procurement Act

    On 22 April 2016, the President of the Czech Republic signed the new draft Public Procurement Act which was approved by Parliament. The Act should have originally come into effect three months after its publication in the Collection of Laws. However, the Chamber of Deputies eventually agreed to the Senate’s proposal to postpone the effective date by another three months. Finally, the Act will come into effect from 1st October 2016.

    World’s largest public procurement forum to be held in Ukraine in 2017

    Procurement, Integrity Management and Openness (PRIMO) Forum, the world's largest forum on public procurement, will be held in Ukraine in 2017. Ukraine won the right to host a major international forum on public procurement, the press service of the Economic Development and Trade Ministry of Ukraine reports.

    Ukraine Looks to Unmask Corruption with ProZorro E-Procurement

    Zorro is known for defending the poor and the oppressed from corrupt villains, and the masked hero’s name is also part of the Ukrainian word for transparency. Ukraine hopes its new online procurement system, ProZorro, can achieve all these aims.

    European Union: Better Public Purchasing

    The EU has introduced new public procurement rules which will simplify procedures for public administrations and companies, promote a more socially and environmentally responsible economy, and help to prevent corruption and increase transparency. All EU member states were required to have legislation in place by April 18 to implement these rules – but it is not clear whether Malta is ready.

    Nepal: PM Oli Launches Electronic Procurement System

    An electronic procurement system based on single portal has been launched in the country for the first time aimed at making procurement process objective, transparent and convincing.

  • Top 5 - Procurement Research and Analytics Round up 2017

    SpendEdge Announces Top 10 Procurement Trends for 2017

    LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Procurementprofessionals across the globe are unceasingly faced with many challenges to reduce costs and achieve savings, manage stakeholders, find the right supplier, procure accurate data, etc. Procurement is rapidly evolving in response to changes and advancements in technology, personnel and hiring requirements, consumer demands and concerns, and business practices. SpendEdge, a procurement market intelligence firm acts as a strategic partner for leading companies across all industries, helping them achieve procurement excellence. Here is there list of top 10 procurement trends for 2017.

    UN Environment Releases 2017 Global Review of Sustainable Public Procurement

    The report examines the state of sustainable public procurement (SPP) policies and practices undertaken by national governments worldwide in the last five years. It is published in the framework of the 10YFP Sustainable Public Procurement Programme, which committed to conducting a regular review of the state of SPP implementation as part of its work plan. Building on the findings of the first edition of the Global Review published in 2013 and on research conducted between 2015 and 2016 among 41 national governments and more than 200 SPP stakeholders, the report aims to track the global progress of SPP and to deepen the collective understanding of the current barriers, needs, opportunities and innovations in SPP.

    OECD brings out 2017 report on Public Procurement for Innovation

    The report presents insights from the OECD Survey on Strategic Innovation Procurement, covering 35 countries, and takes stock of the strategic use of procurement for innovation in OECD Member countries and non-Member economies. It was first presented at the OECD Forum on Procurement for Innovation by the OECD Secretary-General. Key Findings Almost 80% of responding countries take measures to support innovation procurement, and 50% have developed an action plan for innovation procurement, Nearly half of the countries (49%) reported improved effectiveness or efficiency, or increased user satisfaction following the use of procurement for innovation Private sector is the first contributor (33%) to the success of innovative procurement practices, followed by public institutions or bodies (27%), and research institutions (24%) The most common challenges countries face are related to risk aversion, management, personnel and skills capacity and political support.

    World Bank Releases Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017 covering 82 economies

    World Bank Group’s Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017, which collects and presents comparable and actionable data on PPP procurement on a large scale by providing an assessment of the regulatory frameworks that govern PPP procurement across 82 economies. It presents an analysis of practices in four areas: preparation, procurement, contract management of PPPs, and management of unsolicited proposals (USPs). Using a highway transport project as a case study to ensure cross-comparability, it analyzes the national regulatory frameworks and presents a picture of the procurement landscape at the end of March 2016 by scoring each of the four areas.  

    World Bank Releases Benchmarking Procurement Report 2017 covering 180 countries

    Launched in 2013, Benchmarking Public Procurement  focuses on legal and regulatory environments that affect the ability of private sector companies to do business with governments. It aims to promote evidence-based decision making by governments and to build evidence in areas where few empirical data have been presented so far. The Benchmarking Public Procurement 2017 report presents comparable data on public procurement laws and regulations across 180 economies to meet the various needs of different stakeholders for information, analysis, and policy action. It provides private sector firms with insights on issues involving their participation in the public procurement market while offering policy makers information on their country’s public procurement regulatory system and related business practices. The data also benefit the academic and research community by offering better tools and data on procurement systems and facilitating cross-country analysis.

  • Blogs


      Dr. Ajit Patwardhan World Bank approved Professional trainer and International Consultant in Infrastructure Development & Contract Management   Introduction:  This year, the Nobel Prize for Economics, has been awarded to Prof. Richard Thaler of Chicago University, for his contribution to Behavioural Economics. In the press statement, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences described his […]

    How to Reduce Fear of Discretion in Public Procurement

    Lessons Learnt from Procurement and Contracts Management of Large and Complex Contracts Financed by Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs): A Procurement Practitioner’s Perspective Devesh C. Mishra and Belita Manka 1 Introduction: This paper seeks to analyze the impact of fear of discretion in procurement and contracts management of large and complex contracts in MDB financed projects. […]

    Imminent! Transformation of the World Bank’s Procurement Framework

    Robert Hunja Director, Public Integrity and Openness In keeping with recent global trends in the procurement arena, the World Bank is transforming and modernizing its procurement framework. In the private sector, companies have long viewed maximizing of supply chains as key to healthier bottom lines. In the public sector, many governments have been moving from […]

    World Bank pushes for open tender system

    Felipe Goya Goddard, – Governance Practice Manager for the South Asia Region at The World Bank, speaks to The Sunday Times in Sri Lanka about open tender systems, open data, and its benefits for the efficient working of Governments in developing economies. A World Bank governance expert warns that the absence of open tendering for […]

    Procurement has a “seat at the high table” in Australia

    Kalesh Kumar Capacity Building Coordinator South Asia Procurement The World Bank In April 2015, I coordinated a World Bank PIO South Asia sponsored Procurement Knowledge Exchange Program for heads of Procurement from South Asian countries to Australia. We visited Australian Commonwealth Government, Canberra; Government of Australian Capital Territory, Canberra; Government of Victoria, Melbourne; and Government […]

  • Research and Analytics

    Подготовка к электронным закупкам (Russian Version)

    Объяснение концепции электронных государственных закупок (ЭГЗ) и определение того, зачем и как приступать к формированию основ ЭГЗ. Настоящий документ приводит преимущества реализации проектов по внедрению электронных государственных закупок, а также перечисляет мероприятия, необходимые для планирования развития в этом направлении.


    Методология внедрения стандарта открытых контрактов (Russian Version)

    Объяснение концепции Стандарта открытых контрактных данных (СОКД/OCDS) и получение общего представления о подходах к реализации стандарта в рамках системы электронных закупок. Настоящий документ представляет собой обзор OCDS-стандарта и того, каким образом он может быть внедрен в новую или существующую систему электронных закупок.


    Показатели государственных закупок (Russian Version)

    Объяснение концепции показателей государственных закупок, служащих для оценки функционирования электронных государственных закупок путем сравнения полученных результатов с поставленными стратегическими целями. В настоящем документе представлены различные категории показателей государственных закупок. По каждому показателю приведены методики расчета и целевые значения.


    Руководство по проведению анализа рынка систем электронных закупок (Russian Version)

    Определение основных принципов методологии проведения анализа рынка с целью приобретения/внедрения систем электронных закупок. Настоящий документ объясняет, зачем и каким образом проводить анализ рынка, что является средством для лучшего понимания рынка ИКТ, сформированного действующими на рынке поставщиками и предлагаемыми ими компьютерными программами электронных закупок.


    Guidelines for Conducting Market Analysis for e-Procurement Systems

    Defining core principles of a methodology for conducting a market analysis with a view to obtaining/implementing e-Procurement systems. This document presents why and how market analysis can be performed as a means to better understand the ICT market regarding the available vendors and existing e-Procurement software products.


    Public Procurement Indicators

    Understanding the concept of public procurement indicators for the assessment of the operation of e-GP against relevant policy goals. This document presents different categories of public procurement indicators. For each indicator, computational method and target are defined.


    Open Contracting Standard Implementation Methodology

    Understanding the concept of Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) and obtaining a high-level approach for its implementation in an e-Procurement system. This document presents an overview of the OCDS and how it can be incorporated in a new or existing e-Procurement system.


    E-Procurement Preparation

    Understanding the concept of e-Government Procurement (e-GP) and evaluating why and how to pursue the establishment of an e-GP framework. This document includes what are the benefits that e-GP implementation projects can offer and what are the actions that need to be planned in order to layout the way forward.


    Fostering Sustainable Health Procurement

    On May 11, 2016, more than 40 health procurement experts and practitioners came together at UN City in Copenhagen to explore the latest sustainable procurement initiatives, share good practice examples, and advance the dialogue on how sustainable procurement practices can be harmonized and scaled up across the global health sector.


    Benchmarking Public Procurement 2016: Assessing public procurement systems in 77 economies

    The Benchmarking Public Procurement 2016 report presents cross-country analysis in 77 economies on issues affecting how private sector does business with the government.


    Open Contracting: A guide for practitioners by practitioners

    This book aims to guide and inspire others in their own open contracting activities and to support the emerging global community of practitioners around open contracting.


    Going Green: Best Practices for Sustainable Procurement

    This document presents the case studies across the six dimensions of GPP implementation on the basis of one of their core features.


    Open Contracting: Supply Side Analysis Report

    This document summarizes and reviews the Supply Side Analysis process that was undertaken between March and May 2014.


    Gender, Trade and Public Procurement Policy — Kenya, India, Australia, Jamaica

    This research investigates how inclusive government procurement policy, coupled with the effective management of scarce resources, can accelerate sustainable economic outcomes.


    OCDS Demand-side Assessment

    This document presents use cases which have been translated into requirements for the Open Contracting Data Standard and discusses the prioritized demands for the OCDS.


    Sustainable Public Procurement: A Global Review — Final Report

    This report contains the findings of an investigation into the national government SPP/GPP policies and practices around the world.


    Public Procurement Benchmark — 2012 Survey Report

    This report emphasizes operating practices and processes to evaluate potential opportunities for improvement.


    India: Probity in Public Procurement

    This report presents the findings of the research initiatives carried out under the ‘Public Private Partnership for Probity in Public Procurement’ project: an assessment of Indian legislation and survey of current practices, grassroot challenges and training needs to identify gaps in practice.


    Curbing Corruption in Public Procurement: A Practical Guide

    This guide provides a practical introduction to the risks of corruption in public procurement. It outlines key principles and minimum standards which, when respected, can protect public contracting from corruption.


    Transparency and Public Procurement

    This collection of articles from academia, governments, the private sector and the United Nations provides an overview of the current debate on transparency policies as they relate to the procurement practice.


    Public Procurement Training for IPA Beneficiaries

    The report proposed a 3-year action plan to: develop comprehensive training materials; “localise” the materials for each beneficiary country; train and certify a group of trainers from the region, monitor and support the initial trainers’ activities in their countries.


  • Country Procurement Regulations

    Assessment of the Quality of the PPP Legislation and of the Effectiveness of its Implementation, Albania

    Assessment of Albania's PPP legislation, including the Law on Concessions and PPPs and Public Procurement Law

    Decree 2002-08 on Public Procurement (Mauritania)

    Decree 2002-08 of 12 February 2002 on the public procurement code in Mauritania. | Decree regulating public procurement in Mauritania.

    Decree on Public Procurement and Public Service Delegations, Mali (French Version)

    Decree N ° 2015-0604 / P-Rm Of 25 September 2015 On The Code Of Public Procurement And Public Service Delegations Law On Public Procurement Law, Mali

    EU Directive on Public Contracts

    Directive 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on public procurement The directive sets out rules on the use of public contracts for the provision of works, supplies or services by companies or individuals and the exemptions, which can be applied. The legislation specifies that when national authorities use public procurement to invite tenders to provide works, supplies or services, they must treat all applicants equally and not discriminate between them. They must also be transparent in their dealings.

    Law No. 11,079 of December 30, 2004, Brazil (Portuguese Version)

    Federal Public Private Partnership Law This law institutes general norms for the procurement and contracting for public-private partnerships for states, municipalities and the federal government.

    Law On Public Procurement, Azerbaijan

    The Law determines economic, legal and organizational basis of public procurements in the Republic of Azerbaijan, sets principles and rules of effective and economical use of state funds during procurements, creation of equal competitive environment for all consignors (contractors) on the basis of competition and publicity.

    Law on Public Procurement: Rwanda

    Law on Public Procurement for Rwanda, which incorporates the provision of PPPs.

    Madagascar – Decrees relating to Public Procurement

    Attachment Decree 2006-343 on the Code of Ethics for Public Procurement Decree 2006-344 on the Bidding Commission Decree 2006-345 on the Friendly Settlement of Disputes Committees Decree 2006-346 relating to documents and information to Provide by the candidates Decree 2006-347 concerning the conditions of rejections and abnormal offers Decree 2006-348 relative to the global delay of payment of the public contracts and interest ...

    Madagascar: Public Procurement Law(French Version)

    At the beginning of 2004, the Government of the Republic of Madagascar adopted the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, commonly known as the full PRSP. Containing the strategy and plan of action aimed at achieving rapid and sustainable economic development and halving, in ten years, the poverty that still affects nearly 80% of the population. This PRSP is essentially based on three main axes that are

    National Procurement Code – Loi No. 2009-02 (Benin)

    Law No. 2009-02 of 07 August 2009, establishing codes of public procurement and public service delegations in the Republic of Benin.

    Note for Drafting Public Procurement Regulations

    Improving a government procurement regulatory framework calls for a number of actions intended to establish or reinforce government agencies’ efficiency and credibility, as well as the active involvement of business partners. Scope of the law The procurement regulatory framework should preferably address all government contracts and not only those financed out of fiscal resources, and in particular it should encompass concessions “régies” an...

    PPP Act, Mauritius

    This purpose of this Act is to provide for the implementation of public-private partnership agreements between contracting authorities and private parties and to establish a set of rules governing public-private procurement.

    PPP Legislation, South Africa

    The South Africa PPP legislation comprises the following: Municipal Fiscal Management Act Public Finance Management Act The Constitution Labour Relations Act 1995 Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act 2000.

    PPP Procurement Manual, Cambodia

    Revised first draft A key purpose of this PPP Procurement Manual is to clarify the implementing rules and regulations to support the provisions of Cambodia’s Law on Concessions (LoC), as amended. This PPP Procurement Manual is issued both to ensure assigned RGC officials, private sector participants and all stakeholders are aware of the Government’s policies on PPP transactions and to provide step-by-step tendering procedures for those public sector officials authorized to perform their important PPP development...

    Procurement Law, China (Chinese Version)

    This law is part of the national laws on markets. It is relevant to structuring Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in China.

    Procurement Law, Republic of Armenia

    This law comes into force on January 1, 2005. This law regulates the relations envisaged by the Republic of Armenia (RA) Constitution and Republic of Armenia laws with respect to the procurement of goods and services by state governance bodies and local self- government bodies, state or community agencies, RA Central Bank, state or community non-profit organizations and entities with over 50% of shares owned by the state or communities, and prescribes the basic rights and duties of the parties in these relations. The scope of this law extends to the procurements made in the RA by the procuring entity. The procurement procedure outside of the RA is formulated by the RA government.

    Procurement Law, Romania

    The law on Procurement passed on 19th April, 2006 regarding the award of the public procurement contracts, public works concession contracts and services concession contracts, is approved on 15th May 2006 with modifications and completions. The present law regulates the procedures for awarding the public procurement contracts, public works concession contracts, services concession contracts and the legal remedies related to these areas.

    Public Private Partnership Act 2013, Kenya

    In order to strengthen the legal and regulatory framework for PPPs, the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Act, 2013 was enacted into law in December 2012 and became effective on 8th February 2013. Additionally, to remove duplication and overlap, the PPP Act, 2013 amended the Privatization Act, 2005, The Public Roads Toll Act Cap.407and the Public Procurement and Disposal Act, 2005.

    Public Procurement Act, Estonia

    The purpose of this Act is to ensure the transparent, purposeful and economical use of the financial resources of the contracting authority, the equal treatment of persons and the effective use of existing competition in public procurement.

    Public Procurement Act, Hungary

    For the sake of the transparency and public control of the effective use of public funds, in order to establish conditions of fair competition in public procurement, furthermore, to enhance access of local small and medium-sized enterprises to procurement procedures, to promote environmental protection and social considerations of the State - in accordance with the international agreements concluded by Hungary in the field of public procurement and the directives of the European Union - the National Assembly of Hungary has adopted the Public Procurement Act. This Act regulates procurement procedures and concession award procedures, furthermore, rules concerning the legal remedies related thereto.

    Public Procurement Act, Nigeria

    2007 Act No. 14 An Act To Establish The National Council On Public Procurement And The Bureau Of Public Procurement As The Regulatory Autiiorities Responsible For The Monitoring And Oversight Of Public Procurement, Harmonizing The Existing Government Policies And Practicses By Regulating, Setting Standards And Developing The Legal Framework And Professional Capacity For Public Procurement In Nigeria , And For Related Matters.

    Public Procurement Act, Slovak Republic

    In the Slovak Republic, there is no single unified act that only and specifically regulates PPPs. Concessions and PPP projects are regulated by a number of different laws within the legal framework. The main source of law which also applies to PPP projects and concessions is the Public Procurement Act No. 25/2006.

    Public Procurement and Concessions Act (PPCA), Liberia

    Amendment and Restatement of the Public Procurement and Concessions Act, 2005.

    Public Procurement and Disposal (Public Private Partnerships) Regulations, Kenya

    These regulations are clear and straightforward and provide for the establishment of a PPP unit to oversee the preparation of PPP projects. It is Kenya-specific in that the regulations have been tailored to fit within the constraints of the Public Procurement and Disposal Act, which is an act dealing predominantly with traditional public procurement of works and services contracts made under Public Procurement and Disposal Act 2005.

    Public Procurement and Disposal Act, Kenya

    The purpose of this Act is to establish procedures for procurement and the disposal of unserviceable, obsolete or surplus stores and equipment by public entities to achieve the following objectives: to maximize economy and efficiency; to promote competition and ensure that competitors are treated fairly; to promote the integrity and fairness of those procedures; to increase transparency and accountability in those procedures; to increase public confidence in those procedures; and to facilitat...

    Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property – Act No.1 of 2015 (Trinidad & Tobago)

    An act to provide for public procurement, and for the retention and disposal of public property, in accordance with the principles of good governance, namely accountability, transparency, integrity and value for money, the establishment

    Public Procurement Law, Syria

    This law was approved by the People’s Assembly on November 24, 2004 and promulgated by the President on December 09, 2004. This Law was enacted during the time Syria began to gradually liberalize its economy but not before plans for a social market economy were officially announced. This Law was passed as part of the government’s plans to update its procurement procedures in line with the economic changes taking place in Syria.

    State Procurement Law, Georgia

    The present Law sets forth general legal, organizational and economic principles for conducting state procurement. The rules set forth in the present Law apply to all types of state procurement, except for the state procurement related to a state secret set forth in the law of Georgia on State Secret.

    Summary of Regulations for Unsolicited Bids

    The legal regulations for providing public infrastructure through the Concessions Program are contained in several legal texts, but are found mainly in the Concessions Law and its accompanying Regulations. These regulate adjudication, execution, repair or maintenance of state public works given in concession. The process to manage unsolicited proposals is also contained in the main Concessions Law and the process details are found in secondary legislation . In Chile, the line ministries have...

    UNCITRAL (United Nations Commission on International Trade Law ) Model Law on Public Procurement

    The Model Law on Public Procurement contains procedures and principles aimed at achieving value for money and avoiding abuses in the procurement process. The text promotes objectivity, fairness, participation and competition and integrity towards these goals. Transparency is also a key principle, allowing visible compliance with the procedures and principles to be confirmed. The 2011 Model Law replaces the 1994 UNCITRAL Model Law on Procurement of Goods, Construction and Services.

  • Reports and Publications

    A Framework for Disclosure in Public-Private Partnerships

    Technical guidance for systematic, proactive pre- and post-procurement disclosure of information in public-private partnership programs. The World Bank Group recommends a systematic structure for proactively disclosing information through this Framework for Disclosure in Public-Private Partnership Projects. The Framework is embedded in the findings of a global review of public-private partnership (PPP) disclosure frameworks and practices in transacted PPP contracts in identified jurisdictions. There is a dearth of literature and guidance on policy and practice in PPP disclosure and a wide gap in the understanding of the mecha...

    Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017

    Many economies are yet to adopt broadly recognized good practices to prepare, procure, and manage Public-Private Partnerships (PPP). This report flags potential improvements that can help governments fill the gap in an effort to provide better PPP procurement and enable better infrastructure service delivery to all. The report benchmarks government capabilities in 82 economies across four key areas: PPP preparation, PPP procurement, unsolicited proposals, and PPP contract management. Across the four areas measured, the data finds that most economies fall short of recognized good practices. Project preparation and contract management are the two areas where a significant number of countries perform poorly. The average performance of each of the categories varies across regions and income level, with OECD high- income economies and the Latin America and Caribbean region performing on or above average. The report highlights that a transparent information system is essential to monitor and manage PPP contracts. Nonetheless, only 16 percent of the economies measured require data to be publicly available.

    Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017 in Afghanistan

    The PDF for the Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017 in Afghanistan. Benchmarking Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Procurement presents comparable information on PPP procurement on a large scale by providing systematic data on the regulatory frameworks and practices governing PPPs in 82 economies. It aims to inform decision-making on the design of PPP procurement policies and regulations, by benchmarking against recognized good practices that promote transparency and encourage fair competition...

    Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017 in Albania

    The PDF for the Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017 in Albania. Benchmarking Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Procurement presents comparable information on PPP procurement on a large scale by providing systematic data on the regulatory frameworks and practices governing PPPs in 82 economies. It aims to inform decision-making on the design of PPP procurement policies and regulations, by benchmarking against recognized good practices that promote transparency and encourage fair competition acr...

    Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017 in Algeria

    The PDF for the Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017 in Algeria. Benchmarking Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Procurement presents comparable information on PPP procurement on a large scale by providing systematic data on the regulatory frameworks and practices governing PPPs in 82 economies. It aims to inform decision-making on the design of PPP procurement policies and regulations, by benchmarking against recognized good practices that promote transparency and encourage fair competition acr...

    Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017 in Argentina

    The PDF for the Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017 in Argentina. Benchmarking Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Procurement presents comparable information on PPP procurement on a large scale by providing systematic data on the regulatory frameworks and practices governing PPPs in 82 economies. It aims to inform decision-making on the design of PPP procurement policies and regulations, by benchmarking against recognized good practices that promote transparency and encourage fair competition a...

    Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017 in Armenia

    The PDF for the Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017 in Armenia. Benchmarking Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Procurement presents comparable information on PPP procurement on a large scale by providing systematic data on the regulatory frameworks and practices governing PPPs in 82 economies. It aims to inform decision-making on the design of PPP procurement policies and regulations, by benchmarking against recognized good practices that promote transparency and encourage fair competition acr...

    Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017 in Australia

    The PDF for the Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017 in Australia. Benchmarking Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Procurement presents comparable information on PPP procurement on a large scale by providing systematic data on the regulatory frameworks and practices governing PPPs in 82 economies. It aims to inform decision-making on the design of PPP procurement policies and regulations, by benchmarking against recognized good practices that promote transparency and encourage fair competition a...

    Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017 in Bangladesh

    The PDF for the Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017 in Bangladesh. Benchmarking Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Procurement presents comparable information on PPP procurement on a large scale by providing systematic data on the regulatory frameworks and practices governing PPPs in 82 economies. It aims to inform decision-making on the design of PPP procurement policies and regulations, by benchmarking against recognized good practices that promote transparency and encourage fair competition ...

    Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017 in Benin

    The PDF for the Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017 in Benin. Benchmarking Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Procurement presents comparable information on PPP procurement on a large scale by providing systematic data on the regulatory frameworks and practices governing PPPs in 82 economies. It aims to inform decision-making on the design of PPP procurement policies and regulations, by benchmarking against recognized good practices that promote transparency and encourage fair competition acros...

    Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017 in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The PDF for the Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Benchmarking Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Procurement presents comparable information on PPP procurement on a large scale by providing systematic data on the regulatory frameworks and practices governing PPPs in 82 economies. It aims to inform decision-making on the design of PPP procurement policies and regulations, by benchmarking against recognized good practices that promote transparency and encourage fair ...

    Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017 in Brazil – Concessions

    The PDF for the Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017 in Brazil - Concessions. Benchmarking Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Procurement presents comparable information on PPP procurement on a large scale by providing systematic data on the regulatory frameworks and practices governing PPPs in 82 economies. It aims to inform decision-making on the design of PPP procurement policies and regulations, by benchmarking against recognized good practices that promote transparency and encourage fair co...

    Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017 in Brazil – PPP

    The PDF for the Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017 in Brazil - PPP. Benchmarking Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Procurement presents comparable information on PPP procurement on a large scale by providing systematic data on the regulatory frameworks and practices governing PPPs in 82 economies. It aims to inform decision-making on the design of PPP procurement policies and regulations, by benchmarking against recognized good practices that promote transparency and encourage fair competitio...

    Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017 in Bulgaria

    The PDF for the Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017 in Bulgaria. Benchmarking Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Procurement presents comparable information on PPP procurement on a large scale by providing systematic data on the regulatory frameworks and practices governing PPPs in 82 economies. It aims to inform decision-making on the design of PPP procurement policies and regulations, by benchmarking against recognized good practices that promote transparency and encourage fair competition ac...

    Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017 in Cameroon

    The PDF for the Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017 in Cameroon. Benchmarking Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Procurement presents comparable information on PPP procurement on a large scale by providing systematic data on the regulatory frameworks and practices governing PPPs in 82 economies. It aims to inform decision-making on the design of PPP procurement policies and regulations, by benchmarking against recognized good practices that promote transparency and encourage fair competition ac...

    Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017 in Canada

    The PDF for the Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017 in Canada. Benchmarking Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Procurement presents comparable information on PPP procurement on a large scale by providing systematic data on the regulatory frameworks and practices governing PPPs in 82 economies. It aims to inform decision-making on the design of PPP procurement policies and regulations, by benchmarking against recognized good practices that promote transparency and encourage fair competition acro...